Biographies of International Astronauts


Michel Ange-Charles


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Personal data

Birthdate:  30.09.1949
Birthplace:  Vincennes
Marital status:  married
Children:  four
Selection date:  09.09.1985
Selection group:  CNES-2 / EAC
Position:  Research Cosmonaut (RC) / MSP / SS
Status:  Ret. ??.05.2003


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz TM-15 / Soyuz TM-14  Research Cosmonaut  27.07. - 10.08.1992 13d 18h 56m 
2  STS-93  MSP  23.07. - 28.07.1999 4d 22h 49m 
Total  18d 17h 45m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz TM-7  Research Cosmonaut

Additional information

Brigadier General, French Air Force; test pilot; advanced mathematics degree from Military School Grenoble, 1970; engineering degree from the French Air Force Academy, Salon de Provence, 1973; was selected for the French astronaut team and assigned as backup for Soyuz TM-7; from 61 European candidates for the ESA 1991 selection one of six French candidates, but not selected then; started Mission Specialist training at the NASA Johnson Space Center in 1995; became an ESA Astronaut in November 1999; hobbies: Aeroclub, parachuting and parapenting, tennis, wind-surfing, water-skiing, snow-skiing, cross-country running, wave-surfing, microcomputers; returned to European Astronaut Center, but was still an active ESA astronaut; from May 2003 - December 2004, Tognini was Head of the Astronaut Division at EAC in Cologne, Germany, January 2005 until early 2012 he was Head of the European Astronaut Center EAC), Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Exploration, in Cologne, Germany.

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