By Barbara Warmbein; European Space Agency
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General curiosity about nature and the laws that govern it are the foundation of our civilisation Working in weightlessness like in a laboratory on Earth. 30 and have led to the enormous gain of knowledge in the last few centuries. This is also what motivated me to apply to become a Science Astronaut, and as a result I was able to fly on the German-American Spacelab D-2 mission in 1993. Spacelab is a science laboratory developed and built under the management of the European Space Agency, and carried into space by the American Space Shuttle.
Humankind is quickly taking over the entire planet and pushing it to the edge of irreversible changes that span the whole globe. Fossil fuels and the associated pollution are a great danger for the future of our natural resources on Earth; the population is on an exponential curve up to the point where our planet might be too small to sustain it. Exploring space has no immediate rationale that can support and justify the effort. By definition, exploration is a term which includes the uncertainty of the final result.
He was also one of two spacewalking crew members, in the event a contingency spacewalk was necessary. Current Assignment Following his flight, Thiele has been assigned by NASA for collateral duties as a Capcom, the interface in charge of communications between the Control Center and the Space Shuttle crew. This was the first time that this position has been assigned to a European astronaut. From August 2001, Gerhard Thiele served as Head of the ESA Astronauts and Operations Unit at EAC in Cologne.
A case for humans in space : the European astronauts by Barbara Warmbein; European Space Agency