Gerhard Schwehm

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Gerhard Schwehm (b. 13 March 1949, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany) is Head of Solar System Science Operations Division for the European Space Agency (ESA). He was Mission Manager for the Rosetta mission until his retirement.

Education and work[edit]

Schwehm gained his PhD in Applied Physics from the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.

He worked at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) modelling the dust environment for Halley's comet. He then became ESA’s first planetary scientist, working on the Giotto mission that provided the first close-up images of a comet nucleus, Halley's Comet.

Schwehm became lead scientist on ESA's Rosetta mission in 1985, that will culminate in Rosetta looping around the Sun with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014-2015.

He was mission manager for ESA's Smart-1 mission that impacted the Moon in September 2006 ending three years surveying the Moon.

Social matters[edit]

Schwehm is married with two children, and in spare time enjoys modern literature and art, classical music, food and wine.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Accidental space scientist: An interview with Gerhard Schwehm (21 January 2004) [1] accessed 7 March 2007