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Ernst Messerschmid

Ernst Messerschmid

  • Status: Retired
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 05/21/1945
  • First Flight: 10/30/1985
  • Last Flight: 10/30/1985


Ernst Messerschmid, a German astronaut affiliated with the government agency German Aerospace Center, embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

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.

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