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Biographical Data

NAME: Hans Schlegel
ESA Astronaut (German), (Mission Specialist Candidate)
Born August 3, 1951 in Überlingen, Germany, but considers Aachen to be his hometown. He has five children. Recreational interests include skiing, scuba diving and flying. He also enjoys reading, and being a handyman.
1957-70  Attended schools in Refrath, Bensberg and Cologne, Germany.
1968-69  American Field Service (AFS) exchange student. Graduated from Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
1970  Graduated from Hansa Gymnasium (secondary school emphasizing mathematics & science), Cologne, Germany.
1972-79  Studied at the University of Aachen, Germany, graduated with a Diploma in Physics.
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society); AFS - Interkulturelle Begegnungen (American Field Service Germany).
Publications and scientific reports in the field of semiconductor physics.
Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Service Cross 1st Class, Federal Republic of Germany). Medal of Friendship of Russia.
1970-72   Served as a paratrooper with the Federal Armed Forces. Left with the rank of second lieutenant.
1980  After several reserve trainings, appointed reserve lieutenant.
1979-86  Member of the academic staff at Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen (University of Aachen) as an experimental Solid State Physicist. Research in the field of electronic transport properties and optical properties of semiconductors.
1986-88  Specialist in non-destructive testing methodology in the research and development department of the company "Institut Dr. Förster Gmbh & Co. KG" in Reutlingen, Germany.
1988-90  Basic Astronaut Training at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR). In addition to academic education and microgravity experience on experiments (approximately 1300 parabulas on KC-135), he became a certified diver and holds a Private Pilot's license, including instrument rating and aerobatics.
1990-93  Assigned as prime payload specialist for the D-2 Mission (second German Spacelab mission). Payload Training in Cologne, Germany and at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
1995-97  Cosmonaut Training for the German-Russian MIR-'97 Mission at Yuri A. Gagarin Training Centre (Moscow). During the mission (February 10 to March 2, 1997) served as Crew Interface Coordinator.
1997-98  Additional training and certification as 2nd board engineer at Yuri A. Gagarin Training Centre.
1998  Integrated into ESA's single European astronaut corps, which will be involved in the assembly and on-board operations of the International Space Station.
From April 26, 1993 through May 6, 1993, Schlegel served as payload specialist on STS-55 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. Nearly 90 experiments were conducted during the German-sponsored Spacelab D-2 mission to investigate life sciences, material sciences, physics, robotics, astronomy, and the Earth and its atmosphere.

In August 1998, ESA sent him to the Johnson Space Center for training as a mission specialist with the NASA Astronaut Class of '98. Since August 1999, in addition to training he is also assigned to the Station Operations Branch of the Astronaut Office working technical issues relating to mechanical and structural systems and crew equipment.


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