September 22, 2019

Space pioneer Sigmund Jähn has passed away

It is with great sadness that the Executive Board and staff of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have learned of the death of Sigmund Jähn, the first German to go into space. He passed away on 21 September 2019.

“With the death of Sigmund Jähn, German space research has lost a world-renowned cosmonaut, scientist and engineer,” says Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. “The first German to go into space always saw himself as a bridge builder between East and West and an advocate for the peaceful use of space. We will preserve and perpetuate this message, for Earth and space, in his memory.”


Andreas Schütz

Head of Corporate Communications, DLR Spokesperson
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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