ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen collecting fire wood during winter survival training near Star City, Russia, on 21 January 2014.
Survival training is an important part of all Soyuz mission training. There is always the possibility that a Soyuz spacecraft could land in a remote, cold area. All astronauts have to learn to survive in harsh climates while waiting for rescue.
Andreas Mogensen was assigned to a 10-day mission to the International Space Station to be launched in September 2015 on the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft. He will be the first astronaut of Danish nationality to go to space.