An Afghan veteran could become the first Norwegian in space


Norwegian Nima Shahinian (39) has ten years of experience in the armed forces and has completed several periods in international operations. Now he can become the very first Norwegian in space.

Nima Shahinian (39) is an industrial designer and Afghanistan veteran. This week he began the practical part of Australian training, which may make him the first Norwegian in space.

– It’s a childhood dream come true. An hour ago I crawled out of a Russian Orlan spacesuit for the first time. Fantastic feeling, says Nima Shahinian TB, who first mentioned the case.

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The training is conducted under the auspices of the education department of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC). If he passes the education, Shahinian will be sent into space to the International Space Station ISS in the fall of 2023.

Shahinians has, according to his own LinkedIn page, ten years of naval experience, with several deployments to Afghanistan.

The veteran’s journey into space will be made into a television series, produced by Fremantle. NRK got the rights.

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