Marianne Merchez


Marianne Merchez
Born (1960-11-25) 25 November 1960 (age 61)
Uccle, Belgium
OccupationMedical Doctor
Space career
ESA Astronaut
Selection1992 ESA Group

Marianne Merchez (born 25 October 1960 in Uccle) is a Belgian doctor from the Catholic University of Louvain and a former European Space Agency astronaut.[1] She is certified in aerospace medicine and in industrial medicine, and she is also a professional pilot (holds a Belgian Air Transport Pilot License from Civil Aviation School, former co-pilot Boeing 737).

Merchez has extensive experience as a consultant in human factors. Her predilection field is human relationships and communication and she integrates her training in brief systemic therapy and ericksonian hypnosis in daily personal and professional situations. Merchez's hobbies include classical music, walking, and cycling.

She is married to former Italian ESA astronaut Maurizio Cheli with whom she co-authored Tutto in un istante: le decisioni che tracciano il viaggio di una vita.[2]


  1. ^ Becker, Joachim. "Cosmonaut Biography: Marianne Merchez".
  2. ^ "L'astronauta Cheli si racconta in un libro Tutto in un istante". La Stampa. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • Marianne Merchez on Encyclopedia Astronautica