Biographies of International Astronauts


Gerhard Paul Julius


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Personal data

Birthdate:  02.09.1953
Birthplace:  Heidenheim / Brenz
Marital status:  married
Children:  four
Selection date:  03.08.1987
Selection group:  DLR-2 / EAC
Position:  MSP / PSP / Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Ret. ??.10.2005


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-99  MSP  11. 02. - 22.02.2000 11d 05h 38m 
Total  11d 05h 38m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  STS-55  PSP
2  Soyuz TMA-4  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Master of science in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich, 1978; Ph.D. in physics from the Institute for Environmental Physics of Heidelberg University, 1985; was selected as backup for STS-55 (D-2 mission); from 61 European candidates for the ESA 1991 selection one of five German candidates (and on the shortlist of 25 candidate applicants), but not selected then; since 1996 NASA astronaut; hobbies: Cooking, music, reading, sports (especially badminton), spending time with his family; returned to European Astronaut Center, but still an active ESA astronaut; from 08.2002 to 04.2003 he served as Chief-astronaut for the ESA; since August 2005 until March 2010 Head of the Astronaut Division of the European Astronaut Centre (EAC). As from 1 April 2010 Gerhard Thiele became Resident Fellow with the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria.


Last update on May 17, 2016.