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Astronaut , physicist

Reinhold Ewald, German astronaut. Achievements include spending 18 days on board the Mir space station. Recipient Russian Order of Friendship, 1992, Russian medal for Personal Courage, President Boris Yeltsin, 1997, German Federal Cross of Merit (1st class), 1997. Member of Association Space Explorers, German Physics Society.


Ewald, Reinhold was born on December 18, 1956 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, University Cologne, France, 1977. Master of Science in Experimental Physics, University Cologne, France, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University Cologne, France, 1986.


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. In September 2015 he was appointed as Professor for Astronautics and Space Stations at the Institute of Spaceflight System at the University of Stuttgart as the successor to Ernst Messerschmid.

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.


  • He served as an Advisor to the Head of Director General’s Cabinet at ESA’s headquarters in Paris from 2011 to 2014, followed by a position at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, promoting the scientific achievements of the ESA research programme on the International Space Station.


Member of Association Space Explorers, German Physics Society.


  • Other Interests

    Karate (black belt), reading, soccer, performing with amateur theatre group.


Married; 3 children.