Ulf Merbold
Ulf Merbold

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Name: Ulf Merbold
Occupation: Astronaut
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 20, 1941
Age: 81
Country: Germany
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Ulf Merbold

Ulf Merbold was born on June 20, 1941 in Germany (81 years old). Ulf Merbold is an Astronaut, zodiac sign: Gemini. Find out Ulf Merboldnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He is the first non-U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth in a U.S. spacecraft, and has been to space three times.

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Before Fame

He earned his PhD in physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1976.

Biography Timeline


Merbold was born in Greiz, Thuringia — just 40 kilometers from where Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, was born. Both happened to grow up in the socialist German Democratic Republic, also known as East Germany. After he finished school in 1960, Merbold, as thousands others before the Berlin wall was built, defected to the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart, earning a diploma in 1968 and a doctorate in 1976. He then joined the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, where he worked on solid state physics and low temperature physics.


In 1978, the European Space Agency (ESA) selected him, along with Wubbo Ockels and Claude Nicollier, to train as payload specialists on the first flight of the Spacelab module. In 1982, he was selected as the prime payload specialist, and in 1983 he flew on board the Columbia on the STS-9 mission.


From 1984 to 1985, he participated in the preparation of the first German Spacelab mission, D-1, and served as backup payload specialist for STS-61-A as well as "Crew Interface Coordinator".


In 1986, he transferred to the European Space Technology Center (ESTEC) to work on the European Columbus module for the International Space Station. Also in 1986, he became head of the Astronaut Office of the German spaceflight organization DLR.


In 1988, NASA nominated Ulf Merbold as payload specialist on the IML-1 mission, which launched on STS-42 in January 1992. The following year he was Science Coordinator for the second German Spacelab mission, D-2 (STS-55).


In 1993, he also started training to fly the first of two joint European-Russian missions to the space station Mir, called Euromir 94. In 1994, he was the first ESA astronaut to fly into space with Russia, on board Soyuz TM-20, and returned to Earth on Soyuz TM-19. During his three spaceflights he spent a total of 49 days, 21 hours and 38 minutes in space.

Family Life

Ulf married and had two children.

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