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Ernst Messerschmid

German - ( DLR)

Retired

Date of Birth: May 21, 1945
Age: 74


Ernst Willi Messerschmid (born May 21, 1945) is a German physicist and former astronaut. From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the DFVLR (the precursor of the DLR) in the Institute of Communications Technology in Oberpfaffenhofen on space-borne communications. In 1983, he was selected as one of the astronauts for the first German Spacelab mission D-1. He flew as payload specialist on STS-61-A in 1985, spending over 168 hours in space.

Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099 | STS-61-A

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Oct. 30, 1985, 5 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Unknown

STS-61-A was the twenty-second space shuttle flight and ninth for Space Shuttle Challenger. It was a scientific spacelab mission funded entirely by West Germany. The payload operations were controlled from the German Space Operations Center as opposed to the regular NASA centers.

Low Earth Orbit
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