IDA honours Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen
Oprettet den: Tuesday, 21. March 2017 - 15:04 / caf
“Andreas’ mission to the ISS space station and his research in space was a giant achievement. But even more impressing is his persistent efforts to inspire and excite children and adults. Andreas’ achievement is an immense physical, technological and enlightening performance, making both children and adults dream about natural sciences. This is exactly the kind of role models Denmark needs if we want to combat the shortage of technologically founded professionals,” said the President of IDA, Thomas Damkjær Petersen.
Andreas Mogensen himself underlines the importance for him to be an inspiration to children and young ones, and making them see the possibilities in the professions inside engineering and natural sciences.
”I remember from my time in high school being unsure of what an engineer was, because I did not really know any engineers. It is crucial to have role models with a technological background so children and young ones can reflect themselves in them and see themselves as working with engineering. That is why it is a great honour to receive this acknowledgement. I really hope that my work can contribute with a better understanding in Denmark about what is happening in space and what part engineering plays in that.”
Indications show that Andreas Mogensen’s journey to ISS has made Danes more aware of the possibilities of engineering as a profession. Almost all Danes followed his journey to space in September 2015 and a survey performed by Userneeds on behalf of IDA shows that it continues to have effects in almost one third of families with children. Thirty-one per cent of respondents say they talk more about technology and natural sciences with their children after Andreas Mogensen’s journey into space.
Andreas Mogensen was the first Dane in space, after having spent 51 hours in the Russian spacecraft Sojuz TMA-18M, on September 4, 2015 when he arrived to the International Space Station (ISS) where he worked for eight days.
His mission has added focus to Denmark’s possibilities in space and resulted in a space law giving the framework for Denmark’s activities in outer space. The law was followed up by a space strategy in order to secure that companies, researchers and authorities can “reap the fruits of the potential in the area”.