Support the first female German astronaut on her way to weightlessness!
Let’s write history together and bring the first female German astronaut into space! A crowdfunding campaign will fund the initial astronaut training period.
For your support you will get a great reward back, for example the official mission patch or poloshirt, museum tickets, and you even get the chance to spend a day with the astronaut trainee during a training day. Just have a look!
The six finalists
Nicola Baumann was born in Munich on March 10, 1985. She is a Eurofighter jet pilot with the German Airforce at Nörvenich near Cologne. She currently carries the rank of major and is, among other things, responsible for airspace safety over Germany and other NATO states. After high school she started her military career undergoing officer training, followed by jet fighter pilot training in the United States. Speeds of over 2,000 km/h and fast barrel rolls are part of her daily job. To get closer to her dream of a career in space, the 31-year-old also completed a postgraduate course in mechanical engineering. Nicola Baumann is married and lives in Cologne. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, kite surfing and scuba diving and is a frequent volunteer for charity projects.
Lisa Marie Haas
Lisa Marie Haas was born in Nürtingen, Baden-Württemberg, on September 23, 1983. She is a development engineer and project manager at Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen. She is a specialist in assembly and connection technology for sensors in consumer electronics, that are used in devices like mobile phones, tablets and game consoles, as well as in wearables and drones. She works with acceleration sensors that enable automatic rotation of mobile phone displays, when turning the device from vertical to horizontal. These sensors are also important in game consoles, which are used to transfer a user’s movement to the display in real-time. Lisa Marie Haas studied physics and promoted at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Heidelberg. She is married, mother of two sons (5 and 2 years) and lives in Bempflingen (Baden-Württemberg). In her spare time she enjoys a variety of sports, ranging from climbing, high-altitude and ski tours, to ballet, karate, judo and scuba diving.
Susanne Peters was born in Potsdam, on October 7, 1985. She is a talented aerospace engineer, working as a research associate at the Department of Astronautics at the University of Munich. This department deals with the removal of rocket parts and orbital debris from Earth orbit. Numerous objects float around in space, which could collide with satellites. To avoid this, Susanne is developing a concept that throws space debris out of its orbit such that it falls back to Earth. Susanne Peters studied aerospace engineering in Stuttgart, before pursuing a doctorate in space technology at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich. She lives in greater Munich area. Her hobbies include taekwondo, travel, obstacle runs, and she frequently participates in semi-marathons.
Magdalena Pree is a native Austrian with German citizenship, who grew up near Passau. She works as a „Ground Operations Engineer“ at the Galileo Control Center of the DLR Society for Space Applications in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich. In addition to live operations on the satellite system, the 28-year-old is also responsible for the identification and resolution of problems, as well as control of system components at the satellite control center. She studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich and, in her final thesis, explored the properties of space suits for extravehicular activities on the ISS. Already at the age of 17 she earned her pilot license and she is still a very active pilot. Magdalena Pree has been doing Karate since the age of 6, and now she is wearing the 3rd Dan. She likes to spend her free time in the mountains, going skiing or mountaineering.
Suzanna Randall was born in Cologne, on 6 December 1979. She is an astrophysicist and works as a researcher at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, near Munich. She is involved in research on the evolution of stars, working for the ALMA telescope array in Chile. ALMA is the largest telescope in the world, a radio telescope array in the millimeter range. It consists of 66 antennas, most with a diameter of 12 meters. Suzanna Randall studied astronomy in at the University of London in England. She then completed a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Montreal in Canada. Throughout her career, the 37-year-old has lived and worked on three different continents. Today Suzanna Randall lives in Munich. In her spare time she enjoys paragliding, mountaineering and scuba diving, she plays the piano and sings in a choir.
Insa Thiele-Eich was born in Heidelberg, on April 21, 1983. She is a meteorologist and scientific coordinator at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn. This institute conducts basic research for improved weather and climate predictions. The focus of her work is the investigation of meteorological exchange processes, such as water or energy exchanges between soil, vegetation and atmosphere. In parallel, she is investigating the effects of climate change on Bangladesh. Insa Thiele-Eich studied meteorology at the University of Bonn. As part of her diverse workplaces, the 33-year-old was a guest professor at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, USA. Insa Thiele-Eich is married, mother of two daughters and lives in Königswinter, near Bonn.
World’s leading exporter, pioneer in the energy transformation: Germany leads the field in global competition. But when it comes to aviation and aerospace, a field that calls for the most demanding technology and where the Federal Republic of Germany has a leading role to play, there is one very serious weak spot: no German woman has ever been sent into space. This is set to change.
HE Space plans to send the first female German astronaut into space before 2020. The search for the right candidate is on: Women were able to apply until 30 April 2016 to take part in the mission. In 1963, Russia sent Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman astronaut into space, followed 20 years later by the US’s Sally Ride. In 1996, Claudie Haigneré was the first French women to go into orbit. Today, half of the astronauts in the US and China are women. All of the eleven astronauts sent by Germany on missions into space were men. And yet a number of politicians have come out strong in favour of the first German woman in space. Last year, Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, explained that after eleven men it was her „personal preference“ to finally send a woman into space.
The „Female Astronaut“ project
The project pursues three goals: A women astronaut will bring new life to Germany’s aerospace sector. This female astronaut will be a role model who will encourage women and girls to set their sights on aviation and aerospace. During the mission, she will also conduct medical tests designed to examine the female body’s response to zero gravity. Prof. Hanns-Christian Gunga, Director of the Institute of Physiology at Charité Berlin, is responsible for the scientific management of the tests. He explains: „Up to now, there have been very few examinations of the physiology of female astronauts. The planned mission will help to better examine the extent of the changes that occur during space travel, especially with a view to changes to the cardiovascular system, temperature regulation and the salt and water balance, as well as the skeletal system and the muscles of the body. It is likely that there are differences between male and female astronauts in space especially since men and women have different hormones.“
The application and selection procedure
The successful candidate will be a German national with a university degree in engineering or science or equivalent military education as well as good physical and psychological fitness. Applicants will have to undergo psychological and medical testing from November 2016 to February 2017. A cooperation agreement with DLR has been signed in June 2016. The tests will be conducted at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Hamburg and Cologne. http://www.dlr.de/me/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1760/
The final two astronaut trainees will be selected in March 2017 and start a training program in mid 2017. The mission to ISS in 2020 will be financed by crowdfunding and sponsoring.
„Germany has many highly qualified, promising female experts who are ideally suited for such a mission. A female German astronaut would give a new boost to Germany’s aviation and aerospace sector. This astronaut would inspire women and girls to turn their sights to aerospace and engineering. A female astronaut would also have a standing that would go far beyond the country’s borders. Germany now has the opportunity to write history again,“ says Claudia Kessler, aerospace engineer, CEO of HE Space Operations and initiator of this campaign.For more information, go to: http://www.dieastronautin.de and www.facebook.com/DieAstronautin
On 14 September 2016 we introduced over 70 of the best 120 candidates to the public and press in Berlin.