Reinhold Ewald : biography
Dr. Reinhold Ewald (born December 18, 1956) is a German physicist and ESA astronaut.
Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, he received diploma in experimental physics from the University of Cologne in 1983 and the Ph.D. in 1986, with a minor degree in human physiology.
In 1990, he was selected to the German astronaut team, training for the Mir '92 mission. He was the backup of Klaus-Dietrich Flade for the Soyuz TM-14 mission. In 1995 he began training for the second German Mir mission. In February 1997 he flew to the space station Mir with Soyuz TM-25, spending 20 days in space. He performed experiments in biomedical and material sciences, and carried out operational tests in preparation for the International Space Station.
In February 1999, he joined the European Astronaut Corps at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany.
From 2006 to 2011, Ewald headed the Flight Operations Division within ESA’s ISS Operations department at the Columbus Control Centre near Munich. In this role, he directed a team of ESA Mission Directors managing the Columbus laboratory delivery flight in February 2008 and the Columbus science activities thereafter. He is now advisor to the Head of Director General's Cabinet at ESA's Headquarter in Paris
He is married and has three children. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family, and performs with an amateur theatre group. His main sports are soccer and he holds a black belt in karate.
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