European Space Agency Astronaut and NASA Mission Specialist
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ESA Astronaut, Hans Schlegel, will visit Australia in October to work with students attending the National Space Camp Mission to Mars. While in Melbourne he will present a FREE public talk at VSSEC and talk to students via video conference.
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Hans Schlegel completed his Basic Astronaut Training from 1988 to 1990 at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR). This training included microgravity experience on approximately 1300 parabolas on KC-135.
In 1990 he was assigned payload specialist for the D-2 Mission and started Payload Training in Cologne, Germany and at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This second German Spacelab mission successfully took place from 26 April to 6 May 1993 (STS-55 Columbia). In August 1995 he went to the Yuri A. Gagarin Training Center (Moscow) to train for the German-Russian MIR‘97 Mission as a backup. During the mission (10 February to 2 March 1997) he served as Crew Interface Coordinator responsible for ground-to-air communications. Between June 1997 and January 1998, he received additional training and certification as 2nd board engineer for the Russian Space Station MIR.
In 1998 he joined the European Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency. In August 1998, ESA sent him to the Johnson Space Center for training as a Mission Specialist with the NASA Astronaut Class of ’98. In addition to his training he was also assigned to the CAPCOM Branch of the Astronaut Office, conducting voice communication to the International Space Station, he worked as lead ISS CAPCOM and as ISS Instructor CAPCOM. In July 2006 Hans Schlegel was assigned to the STS-122 mission that delivered the European Space Agency’s Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station.