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Thomas Reiter (born 1958), German astronaut. He is standing beneath the mission patch for the European Space Agency's Astrolab mission to the International Space Station. Reiter launched on the STS-121 Space Shuttle Discovery mission on 4th July 2006. He is slated to return in December, making him the first European astronaut to undertake a long-duration mission to the ISS. Prior to the Astrolab mission, Reiter spent 179 days in space on board the Russian Mir space station between 3rd September 1995 and 29th February 1996. During this mission he became the first German astronaut to perform a spacewalk. Photographed at an ESA press conference in Cologne, Germany, on 10th March 2006.
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