MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An astronaut trained as a doctor in Minnesota is set to go into space next week.
Dr. Kjell Lindgren will be part of NASA’s Expedition 44/45 launch on July 22. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry a crew including Lindgren to the International Space Station.READ MORE: Northern Minnesota Double Homicide Suspect Kills Himself During Pursuit
Lindgren will serve as flight engineer for the mission. The mission originally was scheduled to launch on May 25 but was delayed after an unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft failed to reach the space station on April 30. The malfunction had to be investigated before the expedition’s launch could be rescheduled.READ MORE: Man, 70, Killed In Otsego Crash
Lindgren completed his medical residency in the emergency department of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Hospital employees are counting down to the launch with posts on social media and a Russian-themed menu in the cafeteria.MORE NEWS: Semi Rolls Over, Kills Driver In Carlton County Crash
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