Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, currently aboard International Space Station, is an Eagle Scout

Kjell-Lindgren-official-photoEagle Scouts reach some incredible heights.

Just look at NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who’s currently flying more than 200 miles above Earth on the International Space Station.

Lindgren, whose full name is pronounced CHELL LEND-grin, is an Eagle Scout. The 42-year-old earned Scouting’s highest honor in 1988 at age 15.

He was a member of Troop 404 from Burke, Va., which is part of the National Capital Area Council. 

Though Lindgren’s day job takes up the majority of his time these days, he’s still connected to Scouting. In fact, he’s a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Check out this screenshot from his official record in the NESA database. You don’t see “Job Title: Astronaut” every day!

Kjell Lindgren record

Lindgren and the fellow members of his crew launched July 22, 2015; the crew is scheduled to land Dec. 22, 2015.

For some fun, behind-the-scenes moments from space, follow Lindgren on Twitter. To learn more about him, read his official bio (PDF).

NASA and Scouting

Learn more about the strong ties between NASA and Scouting throughout history — including, of course, Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong walking on the moon — at this page on the NASA website.


Photo from Lindgren’s Twitter account, @astro_kjell.