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Jan Wörner

On 1 July 2015, Johann-Dietrich Wörner took up his new post as Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ‘Jan Wörner’ blog was written by Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner during his time as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). Jan Wörner wrote all the posts himself and then sent them to DLR Corporate Communications for editing, picture research and online publication.

Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He was Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR from 1 March 2007 to 30 June 2015.

Wörner studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, where received his doctorate in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990, Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. He then returned to the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

Posts from Jan Wörner

Jan Wörner Blog | 26. March 2010 | 1 Comment

Als vierter Mensch auf dem Mond … eine Erfahrung für immer

Am 24. März 2010 besuchte Alan Bean, der als vierter Mensch mit Apollo auf dem Mond war, den Gasometer in Oberhausen. Neben der persönlichen Begegnung (es war für mich das dritte Treffen mit einem Astronaut der Apollo-Missionen und wie immer beeindruckend) konnte ich einen begeisterten und begeisternden Zeugen unglaublicher Pioniertat erleben, der in seinem Vortrag weit mehr als nur einen Erlebnisbericht einer außergewöhnlichen Mission präsentierte. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 26. March 2010 | 1 Comment

The fourth man on the Moon — an experience that lasts forever

On 24 March 2010, Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo programme, visited the Gasometer in Oberhausen. Apart from the personal encounter (it was my third meeting with an Apollo astronaut, and they have always impressed me), I had the chance to be in the presence of an enthusiastic and motivating witness to an incredible pioneering feat, someone whose lecture revealed far more than a just report of an extraordinary mission. read more