ACG/GAC/DGC: Hans Schlegel - ESA Astronat, Veteran of NASA Space Shuttle missions

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Dallas Eric M. Warburg Chapter  of the American Council on Germany,
the German American Club of Dallas, and the Dallas Goethe Center


cordially invite you to a


Discussion and Luncheon with


Hans Schlegel




Working and Living in Space

A Practical Report of a twice flown German Astronaut


Wednesday, October 28, 2014
12:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


at Locke Lord LLP, 2200 Ross Avenue--Suite 2100

Dallas, Texas  75201


There will be a charge of $15 for ACG/GAC/DGC-members;
non-members will be charged $30 for this event.


Please RSVP (acceptances only) to Nici Bremer at 214-369-2563,

or email by October 23, 2015.






Born in Überlingen Hans Schlegel considers Aachen to be his hometown.  His recreational interests in­clude skiing, scuba diving and flying; he also enjoys reading and do-it-yourself work.

During 1970-72 Hans served as a paratrooper with the Federal German Armed Forces and left with the rank of second lieutenant.  From 1979-86 he worked as an experimental Solid State Physicist at the Rhei­nisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule at the University of Aachen and researched electronic transport properties and optical properties of semiconductors.  During 1986–88 Hans was a specialist in non-de­structive testing methodology in the research and development department of the Institut Dr. Förster in Reutlingen.

From 1988-90 Hans performed basic astronaut training at the DLR German Aerospace Center.  In 1990, he was assigned “payload specialist” for the Spacelab-D2 mission and started payload training in Köln and at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Hans participated in the second German Spacelab mission that took place from 26 April to 6 May 1993.  Nearly 90 experiments in life sciences, material sciences, physics, robotics, astronomy, earth and its atmosphere were conducted during this mission.

In August 1995, Hans went to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow to train as backup for the German-Russian Mir-97 mission.  During this mission, in February/March 1997, he was Crew Interface Coordinator responsible for ground-to-air commu­nications.  Between June 1997 and January 1998 Hans received additional training and certification as a flight engineer for Russia’s Mir space station.

In 1998, Hans joined ESA’s Astronaut Corps.  In August 1998, ESA sent him to the Johnson Space Center to train as a Mission Spe­cialist with NASA’s Astronaut Class of 1998.  He was also assigned to the Capcom Branch of the Astronaut Office, speaking to as­tronauts on the International Space Station.  He worked as lead Capcom and as Space Station Capcom Instructor.

In July 2006, Hans was assigned to the STS-122 Shuttle mission that delivered ESA’s Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station.  STS-122 launched 7 February 2008 on Space Shuttle Atlantis ended on 20 February 2008.  Its highlight was the delivery and installation of ESA’s Columbus laboratory.  During this mission, Hans performed a spacewalk that lasted nearly seven hours to help prepare the space laboratory for its scientific experiments and replaced an empty nitrogen tank on the Station’s P1 Truss.


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