Biographies of International Astronauts


Thomas Arthur


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Personal data

Birthdate:  23.05.1958
Birthplace:  Frankfurt on Main
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  15.05.1992
Selection group:  ESA-2 / EAC
Position:  Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Ret. 30.09.2007


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz TM-22 / MIR-20  Flight Engineer  03.09.1995 - 29.02.1996 179d 01h 41m 
2  STS-121 / ISS-13 / ISS-14 / STS-116  Flight Engineer  04.07.2006 - 22.12.2006 171d 03h 54m 
Total  350d 05h 35m 

Additional information

Graduated as "Diplom-Ingenieur" in aerospace and technology from the University of Armed Forces in Munich, 1984; Brigadier General, German Airforce; test pilot; he was the first German astronaut, who performed an EVA; hobbies: sports, including badminton and fencing, cooking, playing guitar; in October 01, 2007 he became member of DLR Executive Board. On April 01, 2011, he became Director of ESA’s new Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations (D/HSO), responsible for managing Europe’s contribution to the International Space Station, ESA's human spaceflight activities, the operations of ESA's missions and management of the corresponding ground segments.

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