"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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