First Flight: 10/30/1985
Last Flight: 10/30/1985
Ernst Willi Messerschmid (born May 21, 1945) is a German physicist and former astronaut.
From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the DFVLR (the precursor of the DLR) in the Institute of Communications Technology in Oberpfaffenhofen on space-borne communications. In 1983, he was selected as one of the astronauts for the first German Spacelab mission D-1. He flew as payload specialist on STS-61-A in 1985, spending over 168 hours in space.
German Aerospace Center - DLR
- Type: Government
- Abbreviation: DLR
- Administration: Pascale Ehrenfreund
- Founded: 1969
- Spacecraft: Mars Express | Rosetta | Dawn
- Country: DEU
The German Aerospace Center is Germany’s Center for aerospace, energy, and transportation research. Their main work is as a contributor to the ESA. They have done work both in tandem with the US on Space Shuttle and the ISS, and also with other European Nations on missions like Space Lab and Mars Express.