Thomas Reiter

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Thomas Arthur Reiter
Reiter STS-121.jpg
ESA Astronaut
Nationality German
Status Retired
Born (1958-05-23) 23 May 1958 (age 56)
Frankfurt, West Germany
Other occupation
Test pilot
Rank Brigadier General, Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Time in space
350d 05h 44m
Selection 1992 ESA Group
Missions Soyuz TM-22, Euromir 95, STS-121, Expedition 13, Expedition 14, STS-116
Mission insignia
Mir insignia.svg STS-121 patch.png ISS expedition 13 patch with reiter.png ISS Expedition 14 patch.png Sts-116-patch.png
Retirement September 30, 2007
Awards Orden of Friendship.png GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 4 GrVK.svg Medal For Merit in an Space Exploration (Russia 2010) ribbon.svg

Thomas Arthur Reiter (born 23 May 1958 in Frankfurt, Germany) is a retired European astronaut and is a Brigadier General[1] in the German Air Force currently working as Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency (ESA).[2] As of 2008, he was one of the top 25 astronauts in terms of total time in space. With his wife and two sons he lives in Wahnbek (near Oldenburg) in Lower Saxony.

Education[edit]

He graduated from Goethe-High School in Neu-Isenburg in 1977. In 1982, Reiter received his diploma in aerospace engineering from the Bundeswehr University Munich. In 2010 the university awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He completed his training as a pilot in Germany and Texas.

Astronaut career[edit]

He served as an onboard engineer for the Euromir 95/Soyuz TM-22 mission to the Mir space station. During his 179 days aboard Mir, he carried out two EVAs and became the first German astronaut to perform a spacewalk.

Between 1996 and 1997, he underwent additional training on the Soyuz spacecraft and was awarded a "Soyuz Return Commander" certificate, qualifying him to command a three-person Soyuz crew during its return from space.

He trained for a six-month mission to the International Space Station and was launched on the Discovery STS-121 mission to join Expedition 13. The launch date was set for 1 July 2006, but was moved to 2 July, and finally launched on 4 July 2006 due to weather delays.[3] Discovery departed 15 July, leaving Reiter behind with Expedition 13. He later became part of Expedition 14 before returning to Earth aboard Discovery during the STS-116 mission.[4]

His ISS mission was designated Astrolab by the European Space Agency.[5]

Reiter has logged just over 350 days in space, the most by any non-American or non-Russian.

On 8 August 2007 Thomas Reiter was named a member of DLR's executive board.

On 17 March 2011 he was appointed ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, responsible for all manned and unmanned mission operations. This includes the operation and exploitation of the European International Space Station elements, ESA's Autonomous Transfer Vehicle, the responsibility for the European Astronaut Centre, EAC, and ESA's unmanned missions and ground-based mission infrastructure.

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Notes[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.