‘Weightlessness is as fun as it was the first time’: Fuglesang

The Discovery space shuttle’s seven-person crew, including Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang, has started their second day on the job, following the successful blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday evening (local time).

‘Weightlessness is as fun as it was the first time’: Fuglesang

Their tasks included monitoring the shuttle’s heat shield and preparing for docking at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday.

Fuglesang, who is undertaking his second space mission, wrote a short message after takeoff that was published on Rymdkanalen, a website of the Swedish National Space Board (Rymdstyrelsen):

“We’re on our way! Wonderful start. Felt less shaky than last time. Haven’t managed to see much yet, we are working hard, but Discovery is now properly configured for space. Weightlessness is as fun as it was the first time. Have eaten a little bit too much since dinner and am now going to sleep.”

Friday’s successful takeoff was the fourth attempt during the week. The first attempt on Tuesday was cancelled shortly before liftoff when weather conditions were deemed too dangerous, and two subsequent attempts were thwarted by problems with a liquid hydrogen fill-and-drain valve.

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Secret diary reveals Swedish ‘snow man’ pain

Sweden’s mystery “snow man”, named in media reports as Peter Skyllberg, who survived for several months in a snowed –under car in the north of the country, kept a journal before isolating himself in the woods, in which he describes his desperate financial situation.

Secret diary reveals Swedish 'snow man' pain

“I can’t get this to work so now I will have to do what I didn’t want to do. The only way is to become a criminal and steal. And it hurts in my soul and my heart,” Skyllberg wrote in the diary, according to daily Aftonbladet.

Hailing from near Örebro in central Sweden, he was discovered in February by a pair of passing snowmobilers who had stopped to inspect what they thought was an abandoned car in a forest trail outside of Umeå in northern Sweden.

When emergency services arrived they found a severely emaciated man who claimed to have been living in the frozen car since December without any food since mid-December.

Theories as to why the man chose to isolate himself in his car were rife after his discovery, but it soon became clear that it was financial ruin that had drove him to leave everything and take to the woods in his car.

In his diary, the man described having battled financial difficulties for several months and not managing to get the help that he needed.

“Unfortunately I can’t get any help from the social services for accommodation and maintenance. I have to prove to them that I have somewhere to live for 6 months before they help me. Sweden’s politics is ‘without accommodation no financial help and with no money no accommodation’,” he wrote.

His only remaining option for survival was to steal food, according to the paper.

When he was rescued from his snow-covered car, Skyllberg told police he had been living in his car since December 19th, surviving sub-zero temperatures by eating nothing other than snow.

Since his discovery, Skyllberg made the news all across the world, was stalked in hospital by British paparazzi and has had a documentary shot about his ordeal by the Discovery channel, a film he did not take part in the making of.

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