Famous Astronauts from Germany

List of notable or famous astronauts from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top astronauts born in Germany and even some popular astronauts who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German astronauts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronauts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronaut from Germany is included when available.

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  • Charles D. Gemar
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    Charles Donald "Sam" Gemar (born August 4, 1955) is an American former astronaut with NASA and a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. Gemar has flown on three Space Shuttle missions (STS-38, STS-48 and STS-62). Gemar has completed 385 orbits of the Earth and over 581 hours in space. He has also served in different positions in NASA, including as a CAPCOM for Shuttle missions. Gemar was the first astronaut to be born in the state of South Dakota.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Yankton, South Dakota
  • Ernst Messerschmid
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    Ernst Willi Messerschmid (born 21 May 1945) is a German physicist and former astronaut. Born in Reutlingen, Germany, Messerschmid finished the Technisches Gymnasium in Stuttgart in 1965. After two years of military service he studied physics at the University of Tübingen and Bonn, receiving a Diplom degree in 1972 and doctorate in 1976. From 1970 to 1975 he was also a visiting scientist at the CERN in Geneva, working on proton beams in accelerators and plasmas. From 1975 to 1976 he worked at the University of Freiburg and the Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York), In 1977, he joined DESY in Hamburg to work on the beam optics of the PETRA storage ring. From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the ...more
    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Reutlingen, Germany
  • Gerhard Thiele
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    Dr. Gerhard Paul Julius Thiele (born September 2, 1953) is a German physicist and a former ESA astronaut.
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany
  • Hans Schlegel
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    Hans Wilhelm Schlegel (Überlingen, 3 August 1951) is a German physicist, a former ESA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Überlingen, Germany
  • Klaus-Dietrich Flade (born August 23, 1952) is a German pilot and former German Aerospace Center astronaut who visited the Mir space station in 1992 aboard the Soyuz TM-14 mission, returning to Earth a week later aboard Soyuz TM-13.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Büdesheim, Germany
  • Reinhard Furrer
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    Prof. Dr. Reinhard Alfred Furrer (25 November 1940 – 9 September 1995) was a German physicist and astronaut. Furrer was born in Wörgl, Ostmark (now Austria). After the end of World War II, his father was expelled from Austria. The family found a new home in Kempten im Allgäu, Bavaria. Furrer stayed there until he joined the University of Kiel to study physics. He later transferred to the Free University of Berlin, where he received a diploma in 1969, and a doctorate in 1972. During his time as a student in Berlin, he was involved in the building of the 145 m long "Tunnel 57" below the Berlin Wall, which was the escape route of 57 people from East Berlin to the West. In 1974 he became ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1940-1995)
    • Birthplace: Wörgl, Austria