About Gerhard Thiele
Gerhard Thiele was born in 1953. After spending four years in the German Navy, he studied physics in Munich and Heidelberg. It was in Heidelberg that he gained his doctoral degree in environmental physics in 1985, and he rounded off his studies by spending two years at the Geophysical Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Princeton. In 1987, he was selected for the astronaut team at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 1998, he switched to the European Space Agency (ESA). He was active for nearly three decades in various areas of space travel. In February 2000, Thiele was part of the ENDEAVOUR crew, which re-measured the Earth in 11 days. In 2009, as head of ESA’s Astronaut Office, he was responsible for the most recent ESA astronaut selection. From 2013 to the end of 2015, Thiele ran the Strategic Planning and Outreach Office at the Directorate of Human Space Flight and Operations. Today he is a lecturer at Rhine-Westphalia Technical University in Aachen and an independent consultant.