German astronauts and their missions
"I'll be flying on that," is what Reinhard Furrer said in 1978, before applying to the German Test and Research Institute for Aviation and Spaceflight (Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DFVLR – a precursor of present-day DLR) to become a scientific astronaut on the first German Spacelab mission, executed with NASA. He was proved correct: the Austrian left behind 699 rivals.
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