National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
German Science Astronaut (Payload Specialist)
PERSONAL DATA: Born February 9, 1954, in Iserlohn, Germany. Married. Two children. He enjoys sports, such as badminton, basketball, and soccer, as well as pop and classical music, electronics (analog, digital, and HF), and photography.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member, German Physical Society.
PUBLICATIONS: Dr. Walter has some 35 publications in various international scientific journals. Author of two "Bericht der KFA Jlich" (Reports of the National Research Laboratory at Julich, Germany).
SPECIAL HONORS: A research fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), 1986-1987.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Physical Science in the fields of Neutron Scattering Techniques, Rare Earth Magnetism, High-Tc Superconductivity, and ScanningTunneling Microscopy.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Dr. Walter flew as prime payload specialist PS-1 on STS-55 Columbia (April 26 to May 6, 1993). STS-55 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Nearly 90 experiments were conducted during this German-sponsored Spacelab D-2 mission to investigate life sciences, materials sciences, physics, robotics, astronomy and the Earth and its atmosphere. STS-55 also flew the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) making contact with students in 14 schools around the world. At mission conclusion, Dr. Walter had traveled over 4.1 million miles in 160 Earth orbits, and logged over 239 hours in space.
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