An American astronaut with family ties to south-central Nebraska is scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station this week.
Kjell Lindgren, 42, will fly on the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft Wednesday from Kazakhstan.
He will be joined by two other astronauts from Japan and Russia with the trio to spend five months in space aboard the International Space Station, joining three other astronauts already aboard the station.
Lindgren, whose father, Randy, grew up in Axtell, and whose grandmother, Miriam Lindgren; lives in Holdrege, was one of nine U.S. candidates selected for NASA’S 2009 astronaut class.
Kjell Lindgren was born in Taiwan and lived in England, Virginia and various places throughout the Midwest.
Lindgren will be making his first space flight, serving as flight engineer for the expedition.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney