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The Profile of the Finnish Astronaut

  • made a reservation (21 Jan 2010) for a flight to the space with Virgin Galactic
  • date of birth: 4 Dec 1966
  • place of birth: Iisalmi, Finland
  • height: 180 cm
  • weight: 80 kg
  • courageous, outgoing, full of general curiosity
  • places where lived: Iisalmi 1966-1989; Jyvaskyla 1991-2008; Helsinki 1989-1991 and from 2008 onwards
  • the youngest one of the siblings named, Airi, Taru-Maija, Juhani, Tapio and Veikko


  • high school graduate, 1985 Iisalmi
  • military service, paratrooper school, 1987
  • qualification in economics and marketing, 1989 Iisalmi
  • studies at the University of Jyvaskyla 1991 – 1996, majored in information science
  • M.Sc, 1996 University of Jyvaskyla


  • miscellaneous, experimenting, 1982-1989
  • Valio Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, site 1989- 1991, IT reporting task, foreman position
  • various IT related responsibilities in project management at Metso Corporation 1996- 2008
  • stationed a year in Italy 2001 and in Germany 2007, IT manager at paper machine sites
  • from 2008 different roles at IT department at Pöyry. Pöyry is a global consulting and engineering company with 6000 employees.
  • currently project manager in global IT-organization and responsible for company IT portal. 


  • mocca-chocolade cakes
  • motorcyckles
  • travelling
  • scuba diving
  • fitness, Nordic walking, gym, golf
  • rock- concerts, e.g. Sweden Rock
  • anything that seems / sounds interesting e.g. driving and tuning a rocket-car