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1383VS: Update on Christer Fuglesang in Space!

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  • Erik Hammer
    Dec 12, 2006
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      Fra: OverallDiscLink@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:OverallDiscLink@yahoogroups.com] På vegne af Daniel Roddick
      Sendt: 11. december 2006 20:22
      Til: OverallDiscLink@yahoogroups.com
      Emne: [OverallDiscLink] Update on Christer Fuglesang in Space!

      From Peter Lundmark of SFF:

      Check this in Aftonbladet which is one of major newspapers:

      http://www.aftonbladet.se/ if you scroll down a bit on this site you´ll come
      to RYMDEXTRA and therer is a picture of Christer from 1978.

      http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,951802,00.html and this
      is the link to where Aftonbladet tells the story about the event in the
      space when Christer will try to break the record.

      And here is the release that we´ve sent to the media in Sweden so far.

      European Space Agency to host flying disc competition in space

      On Friday, December 15th, the European Space Agency is the host of a unique
      event. Supported by the World Flying Disc Federation, the Swedish Frisbee
      Federation are proud to sanction this unprecedented event. Christer
      Fuglesang, ESA
      astronaut on the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-116, will attempt to
      break the world
      record in the flying disc sporting discipline MTA, Maximum Time Aloft.
      The competition will start at seven minutes past seven GMT in the evening of
      December 15th, 2006. We believe that this is the first ever sanctioned
      sports event that
      takes place in space.

      The rules of MTA are simple: A player shall attempt to throw the disc in
      such a fashion
      that the disc remains airborne for as long as possible, before catching the
      disc himself.
      The timing of the flight of the throw shall be measured from the instant of
      release until
      the instant the disc is initially touched in the catching attempt.

      In this specific competition, Christer is free to waive the recommendation
      in the rules that
      an additional disc be available in the event a disc is lost or becomes
      unsuitable for use.

      The MTA world record stands at an impressive 16.72 seconds and was set by
      Don Cain
      (USA), on 5/26/84, in Philadelphia, PA. The sanction for the attempt to
      break it was
      formally announced by the Swedish Frisbee Sport Federation on December 10th,
      Competition supervisors are Helen Page, European Space Agency, and Jonas
      Södertörns Frisbee Klubb, Sweden.
      Astronauts on the shuttle:


      The World Flying Disc Federation
      The main aims of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) are to encourage
      and protect
      the spirit of flying disc play where as partners rather than opponents we
      compete against
      the limits of our own abilities rather than each other, to encourage disc
      play throughout
      the world and to establish and uphold a tournament standard for all flying
      competition worldwide.
      In addition to Field events, of which MTA is one discipline, WFDF is
      responsible for hosting
      World Championships and developing the Rules of the Game for the following
      flying disc
      sports: Ultimate, Disc golf, Freestyle, Guts and Double Disc Court. WFDF has
      associations in 46 countries. WFDF is a full member of both GAISF (General
      Association of
      International Sports Federations) and IWGA (International World Games
      Association). WFDF
      is also a signatory to the Wold Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
      WFDF Contact
      Anne-Marie Carey, Executive Director
      Phone Int +1 (604) 876-9280

      Event contact
      Jonas Bengtsson
      Phone Int +46 70 996 996 2

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