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31 BR-221_EuroAstro 9/10/04 1:46 PM Page 32 “Der bestirnte Himmel über mir” Gerhard Thiele Member of the European Astronaut Corps ESA / EAC, Cologne, Germany The world watched in disbelief and horror when, on 1 February 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry in the Texan sky, claiming the lives of seven astronauts, just sixteen minutes away from home. The space community mourned the loss of a distinguished, unique crew, some of us lost close friends, and families lost their beloved ones.

Current Assignment Within the Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration Programme, he is providing support to the European Robotic Arm and Columbus programmes. Since April 2001 he is assigned to the first ISS advanced training class to prepare for one of the first European long-term flights on board the ISS. 29 BR-221_EuroAstro 9/10/04 1:46 PM Page 30 Spaceship Earth and Beyond Hans Schlegel Member of the European Astronaut Corps ESA / EAC, Cologne, Germany Earth, to find what exists out there and to develop the technology necessary to leave the Earth and have access to our planets and moons.

During our 10-day mission, we worked around the clock in two shifts and were challenged to use all of our knowledge, experience and talent to satisfy the expectations of hundreds of scientists and engineers back on Earth. Many year before the mission, they had come up with the scientific questions and have developed optimised experiments from that point on. Now it was up to us to perform them in microgravity. We worked intently and experienced vey much the same things that thousands of experimental scientists experience back on Earth day after day – unexpected events, the need for flexibility and adaptability, sometimes even improvisation.

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