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Maurizio Cheli

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Nationality  Italian
Mission insignia  
First space flight  STS-75
Selection  1992 ESA Group
Space missions  STS-75

Time in space  15d 17h 41m
Role  Astronaut
Other occupation  Test pilot
Name  Maurizio Cheli
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Born  4 May 1959 (age 56) Modena, Italy (1959-05-04)
Education  Sapienza University of Rome
Rank  Lieutenant colonel, Italian Air Force
Similar People  Umberto Guidoni, Andrew M Allen, Scott J Horowitz, Claude Nicollier, Jeffrey A Hoffman

Space agency  European Space Agency

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Maurizio Cheli (born 4 May 1959) is an Italian air force officer, a European Space Agency astronaut and a veteran of one NASA space shuttle mission.


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A native of Modena, Cheli attended the Italian Air Force Academy and trained as a test pilot in 1988 at the Empire Test Pilots' School, England, being awarded the McKenna Trophy as the best student on his course, the Sir Alan Cobham Award for the highest standard of flying and the Hawker Hunter Thropy for he best Preview Handling report. He studied geophysics at the University of Rome La Sapienza and earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Houston. He then trained with the United States Air Force and was selected as an astronaut candidate by the European Space Agency in 1992. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Italian Air Force. He flew aboard STS-75 in 1996 as a mission specialist.

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That same year he joined Alenia Aeronautica, and two years later he became Chief Test Pilot for combat aircraft. His last test program was for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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Maurizio Cheli has more than 380 hours of space activity and more than 4500 flying hours on more than 50 different aircraft types.

He is married to fellow former ESA astronaut Marianne Merchez.

His official web site is

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