Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Swedes In Space
No, it's not the new Muppet movie, it's the news.
As if we didn't have enough of them on Earth, there are now for the first time swedes in outer space.
While this is not the least bit newsworthy outside Sweden, here it is like the biggest news of the year. The lucky guy is Christer Fuglesang, who has been telling everyone he was going into space for the past 16 years. So much so that it became kind of a national media joke.
Like every astronaut accomplishing a first, he got to make a speech. Fuglesang was quoted as saying: "Det är nog inte alla som förstår svenska...de senaste fyra dagarna har varit helt otroliga. Jag vill tacka alla som hjälpt och stöttat."
For those of you who don't speak Swedish, that translates into: "It's rough up here. Space was not really made for Swedes. I went outside on a space walk and I couldn't find a single lingonberry or mushroom growing anywhere."