Astronauts

As 2022 is a year of cel­e­bra­tion, with the 30th anniver­sary of Dirk Frimout’s space jour­ney and the 20th anniver­sary of Frank De Winne’s first space flight, a dozen astro­nauts and cos­mo­nauts are trav­el­ling through our coun­try. The two Belgian astro­nauts have invit­ed their fel­low trav­ellers from back then to vis­it our coun­try and take part in numer­ous activ­i­ties. Below you will find an overview and some addi­tion­al information. 

Dirk Frimout

Dirk Frimout

Astronaut

Dirk Frimout is the first Belgian astro­naut. He cir­cled the earth in 1992 with the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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Frank De Winne

Astronaut

Frank De Winne is an astro­naut of the European Space Agency (ESA). He is the sec­ond Belgian astro­naut, after Dirk Frimout, and the first European ast…

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Charles Bolden

Charles F. Bolden

Astronaut

Charles F. Bolden, Jr is a for­mer direc­tor of NASA, retired United States Marine Corps Major General and NASA astro­naut. Co-trav­eller on space missio…

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Reinhold Ewald

Reinhold Ewald

Astronaut

Né le 18 décem­bre 1956 à Mönchengladbach, Allemagne.

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Anna Lee Fisher

Astronaut

Anna Lee Fisher; born August 24, 1949 in New York City and grew up in San Pedro, California, which she con­sid­ers her hometown.

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Vladimir Pletser

Vladimir Pletser

Belgian Astronaut Candidate and hav­ing worked for 30 years at the European Space Agency in charge of micro­grav­i­ty projects and ESA par­a­bol­ic flights,…

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Nicole Stott

Astronaut

Nicole Stott is an astro­naut of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and E…

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Robert Thirsk

Astronaut

Robert Thirsk, is a Canadian engi­neer, physi­cian and for­mer Canadian Space Agency astronaut.

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Franz Viehböck

Cosmonaut

Franz Viehböck was cho­sen for the Soviet-Austrian space project Austromir 91.

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Michael Foale

Astronaut

Michael Foale is a British-American astro­physi­cist and NASA astro­naut. He is the only NASA astro­naut to have flown extend­ed mis­sions aboard both Mir …

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Byron Lichtenberg

Byron K. Lichtenberg

Astronaut

Byron K. Lichtenberg is an American engi­neer and fight­er pilot who flew aboard two NASA Space Shuttle mis­sions as a Payload Specialist. In 1983, he a…

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Astronaut

Kathryn D. Sullivan is an American geol­o­gist, oceanog­ra­ph­er, NASA astro­naut and US Navy offi­cer. She was a crew mem­ber on three Space Shuttle mission…

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Zara Rutherford

Aviator

Zara Rutherford is a Belgian-British avi­a­tor. At age 19, she became the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world and the first per­son to co…

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