Marianne Merchez

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Marianne Merchez
ESA Astronaut
Nationality Belgian
Status Retired
Born (1960-11-25) 25 November 1960 (age 56)
Uccle, Belgium
Other occupation
Medical Doctor
Selection 1992 ESA Group
Missions None

Marianne Merchez (born 25 October 1960 in Uccle) is a Belgian doctor from the Catholic University of Louvain and a former European Space Agency astronaut.[1] She is certified in aerospace medicine and in industrial medicine, and she is also a professional pilot (holds a Belgian Air Transport Pilot License from Civil Aviation School, former co-pilot Boeing 737).

Merchez has extensive experience as a consultant in human factors. Her predilection field is human relationships and communication and she integrates her training in brief systemic therapy and ericksonian hypnosis in daily personal and professional situations. Merchez's hobbies include classical music, walking, and cycling.

She is married to former Italian ESA astronaut Maurizio Cheli.


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