This special voyage follows the itinerary of the Classic Voyage South, and includes special lectures from Dr. Thagard, a cocktail reception with the astronaut and Hurtigruten ship captain, and special viewings of documentaries about the Russian Mir-18 mission and Dr. Thagard’s training and experience as a cosmonaut/researcher on the mission. On this special voyage, Dr. Thagard shares his first-hand experiences with Hurtigruten guests.
Dr. Norm Thagard - Five Space Missions Spanning 12 Years
1983: Second flight for the Orbiter Challenger. Mission duration 147 hours.
1985: Spacelab-3 science mission aboard the Orbiter Challenger. 110 orbits of the Earth.
1989: Magellan Venus probe deployment mission aboard spacecraft Orbiter Atlantis. 64 orbits of the Earth.
1992: Payload commander on the Shuttle Discovery mission investigating the effects of microgravity. Mission duration 8 days.
1995: Cosmonaut/researcher on the Russian Mir-18 mission. 28 experiments and duration of 115 days.
Dr. Thagard is a decorated Marine Corps veteran, with 11 Air medals, flying over 163 missions in Vietnam. As a pilot, he has logged over 2,200 hours flying time – the majority in jet aircraft. After being selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1978, he trained for assignments on future Space Shuttle flights.
A veteran of 5 space flights, he has logged over 140 days in space, performing many NASA ‘firsts’ including deployment and retrieval exercises, conducing various medical tests on physiological adaptation to space, launching the first planetary probe from the Shuttle, and serving as payload commander on the International Microgravity Laboratory-1 module for investigators from 11 countries. Most recently, Dr. Thagard was the cosmonaut/researcher for the Russian Mir-18 mission, a 115-day research-based assignment with the Russian space program.
Now, with an impressive list of graduate degrees, Medals of Commendation, books and scholarly works, Dr. Thagard shares his firsthand experiences and photos with guests on this very special voyage with Hurtigruten.
Special Voyage Inclusions
- Lecture: The Life and Times of Dr. Norm Thagard, NASA Astronaut
- Lecture: The Russian Mir-18 Mission, including a National Geographic documentary about Dr. Norm Thagard's training and flying on the Mir-18 mission
- Cocktail reception with Dr. Norm Thagard and Hurtigruten ship captain
- Documentary film screening: The Northern Lights - A Magic Experience
- Aurora Safari private tour in Kirkenes with visit to the Snowhotel
- Hammerfest City Tour and visit to the Meridian Monument