Meet the astronauts
Born on 19 November 1958 in Longeville-les-Metz, France, he flew twice aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis and once aboard Discovery for a total of 675 hours in space.
Frank de Winne
|Frank de Winne|
In October and November 2002, de Winne participated in the Odissea Mission, a support flight to the International Space Station (ISS). He served as Flight Engineer on the newly designed Soyuz TMA spacecraft during ascent, and on Soyuz TM during reentry. He was born in Ghent, Belgium, on 25 April 1961.
In 2003, Pedro Duque participated in the Cervantes Mission. During this 10-day mission to the ISS, Duque served as Flight Engineer on the Soyuz-TMA, launching with the Expedition Eight crew and returning with Expedition Seven.
Born 14 March 1963 in Madrid, Spain.
Ewald flew as a research cosmonaut on the Russian Soyuz TM 25 vehicle and spent 18 days on board the Mir Space Station. He was born on 18 December 1956 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Born on 18 March 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden, he will be the first Swedish astronaut to travel into space, expected to fly aboard a Space Shuttle mission in the near future.
Born on 5 October 1958 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Kuipers was Flight Engineer for a Soyuz flight to the ISS in April 2004, participating in the Delta Mission.
Nespoli is currently working at NASA's astronaut office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Born on 6 April 1957 in Milan, Italy, he is awaiting his first spaceflight assignment.
In February 2000, Thiele was Mission Specialist on the STS-99 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, dedicated to the first, three-dimensional, digital mapping of the Earth surface on a nearly global scale. He was born on 2 September 1953 in Heidenheim-Brenz, Germany.