NASA astronaut with HCMC ties returns to Minneapolis

- For the first time since returning from the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren paid a visit to Minneapolis to meet with young patients and some of his former colleagues at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Lindgren was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in England, but completed a three-year residency in emergency medicine at HCMC. In June 2009, he was selected to be a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He most recently completed a mission to the International Space Station, which ended in December 2015.

At his visit Wednesday, Lindgren read the book “Mousetronaut,” written by another NASA astronaut, to pediatric patients and helped them construct their own rockets. He also volunteered to participate in a national study on concussion and traumatic brain injuries as a control subject.

During his mission, Lindgren made it clear he still feels a strong connection with his former city. The astronaut shared photos of Minneapolis taken from space on Twitter and Instagram, along with a greeting to his friends and colleagues at HCMC.

THE STORY – Photo of Minneapolis from space, from astronaut with HCMC roots

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