Reinhold Ewald is a German physicist and ESA astronaut.
Reinhold Ewald was born on December 18, 1956 in Mönchengladbach, West Germany. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Cologne and has a Master of Science in Experimental Physics. Ewald also graduated with a PhD in Physics and a minor degree in human physiology.
In 1990, Reinhold Ewald was selected to the German astronaut team, training for the Mir ’92 mission. In 1995 he began training for the second German Mir mission and in February 1997 he flew to the space station Mir with Soyuz TM-25, spending 20 days in space. Ewald performed experiments in biomedical and material sciences, and carried out operational tests in preparation for the International Space Station.
In February 1999, he joined the European Astronaut Corps at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. From 2006 to 2011, Ewald headed the Flight Operations Division within ESA’s ISS Operations department at the Columbus Control Centre near Munich. In this role, he directed a team of ESA Mission Directors managing the Columbus laboratory delivery flight in February 2008 and the Columbus science activities thereafter. Reinhold Ewald served as an Advisor to the Head of Director General’s Cabinet at ESA’s headquarters in Paris from 2011 to 2014, followed by a position at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, promoting the scientific achievements of the ESA research programme on the International Space Station. In September 2015 he was appointed as Professor for Astronautics and Space Stations at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart.
Reinhold Ewald received many awards, including the German Federal Cross of Merit (First Class) in 1997. Ewald is a member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physics Society) and the Association of Space Explorers. He is also a Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.