Reinhold Ewald (astronaut)

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Reinhold Ewald
Reinhold Ewald
Country: Germany
Organization: DLR / ESA
selected on October 8, 1990
Calls: 1 space flight
Begin: February 10, 1997
Landing: March 2, 1997
Time in space: 19d 16h 34min
Space flights

Reinhold Ewald (born December 18, 1956 in Mönchengladbach ) is a German physicist and astronaut .


Reinhold Ewald graduated from the Stiftisches Humanistische Gymnasium Mönchengladbach in 1975 and then studied physics with a specialization in experimental physics and received his diploma in 1983. With his doctoral thesis in physics (topic: HCO + and HCN in S140 and W51 - observations with the Cologne 3-m radio telescope ) and a minor in human medicine , he received his doctorate in 1986 at the University of Cologne .

On September 1, 2015, Reinhold Ewald was appointed to succeed Ernst Messerschmid as professor for the field of astronautics and space stations at the Institute for Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart .

Astronaut activity

From 1990 Ewald was part of the astronaut team at the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR). From November 1990 to March 1992 he was trained as a spaceman in Moscow . On the Mir92 mission ( Soyuz TM-14 / Soyuz TM-13 ) he was a substitute for Klaus-Dietrich Flade .

After his return to Germany, Ewald became deputy head of the DLR astronaut office and supported the D2 Spacelab mission on board the space shuttle . This STS-55 space flight took place in 1993 under the direction of NASA .

In 1994 he was appointed program officer at DLR for the areas of unmanned and manned mission projects, research in space and planetary research. From October 1995 Ewald trained in Moscow for a mission in Mir97.

The launch of his first space flight took place on February 10, 1997 with the Soyuz TM-25 spacecraft . The Ukrainian commander Vasily Ziblijew and the Russian flight engineer Alexander Lasutkin were on board . On the Mir space station , they met the Russians Valeri Korsun and Alexander Kaleri and the American Jerry Linenger . On the Mir, Ewald carried out various experiments, for example on the tightness of the pressure suits. A special measuring glove by Ewald is in the 2018 special exhibition at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin .

He also made contact with radio amateurs using the callsign "DL2MIR" . During his stay, a fire broke out on the space station on February 23, but it was quickly extinguished. The landing took place on March 2nd together with Korsun and Kaleri with the spacecraft Soyuz TM-24 .

From February 1999 Ewald belonged to the European astronaut corps of ESA in Cologne . As Crew Operations Manager, he was responsible for the two ISS space flights with ESA participation in 2002, and for two further Soyuz flights in 2003 and 2004.

In 2005 Ewald was a member of the European Astronaut Corps (EAC) and trained for a flight to the International Space Station .

During the Astrolab mission in 2006, Ewald looked after his colleague Thomas Reiter from the ground at the Columbus Control Center, which is located at the German space control center in Oberpfaffenhofen.


Reinhold Ewald after his lecture "Astronaut's Life" at the EMAG 2008 canteen forum in Cologne

In 1992 the then President of the Russian Federation, Yeltsin , awarded Reinhold Ewald the Russian Order of Friendship of Peoples and in 1997 the Russian Medal of Bravery. In 1997 he also received the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class. In 2003, Reinhold Ewald in Mönchengladbach was awarded the Rheydt Golden Flower , Germany's oldest environmental protection award.


Reinhold Ewald is married and has a son and two daughters. He is a member of the Academic Association Rheinstein Cologne and the KDSt.V. Rheno-Franconia Munich and honorary member of the Karate Dojo Mönchengladbach.

See also

Web links

Commons : Reinhold Ewald  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Elisa Werler: Reinhold Ewald takes over the professorship for astronautics and space stations., September 29, 2015, accessed on November 20, 2015 .
  2. Torsten Harmsen: Fraternization in space . In: Berliner Zeitung , September 20, 2018, p. 17 (print edition).