Sigmund Jähn

Portrait: Sigmund Jähn
Sigmund Jähn
On 26 August 1978, GDR citizen Sigmund Jähn became the first German to journey into space. Together with his Soviet commander, Valery Bykovsky, he flew to the Soviet Salyut 6 space station. There, Jähn conducted numerous scientific experiments. With his eight-day flight, during which he orbited Earth 125 times, he became famous in both East and West.