Reinhard Furrer


Reinhard Furrer

Infobox Astronaut
name =Reinhard Alfred Furrer


type =DFVLR Astronaut
status =Deceased
nationality =German
date_birth =November 25, 1940
place_birth =Wörgl, Austria
date_death =September 9, 1995
place_death =Berlin, Germany
occupation =Physicist
selection =1982 German Group
time =7d 00h 44m
mission =STS-61-A
insignia =|

Reinhard Alfred Furrer (November 25, 1940September 9, 1995) was a German scientist and astronaut.

Furrer was born in Wörgl, Austria (then part of Germany). After the end of World War II, his father was expelled from Austria. The family found a new home in Kempten im Allgäu, Bavaria. Furrer stayed there until he joined the University of Kiel to study physics. He later transferred to the Free University of Berlin, where he received a diploma in 1969, and a doctorate in 1972. During his time as a student in Berlin, he was involved in the building of the 145 m long "Tunnel 57" below the Berlin Wall, which was the escape route of 57 people from East Berlin to the West.

In 1974 he became assistant professor in Stuttgart and in 1979 qualified for full professorship. He spent time during 1980-1981 at the University of Chicago and during 1981 at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, USA.

In 1977 Furrer applied for selection as an astronaut for the first Spacelab mission. He made it into the final round of candidates, although Ulf Merbold was finally selected. In 1982, the astronauts for the first German Spacelab mission were selected from the finalists for the first mission, and Furrer was one of the two chosen. He was a payload specialist on STS-61-A (D1), which was launched October 30, 1985. The other payload specialists on the flight were Ernst Messerschmid and Wubbo Ockels (Netherlands).

After his spaceflight he became a professor in 1987 as well as the Director of the Institute of Space Sciences at the Free University of Berlin.

Furrer was an avid pilot. He earned his pilot license in 1974, doing several long distance trips with one engine planes - including a flight over the inland ice of Greenland in 1979 and a solo flight from Germany to Quito, Ecuador in 1981. His love for planes finally cost him his life, as he died in a plane crash during a flight show on the Johannisthal Air Field (Berlin). He was a passenger on a flight of the historic Me 108 after the end of the official flight show when the pilot Gerd Kahdemann lost control of the plane shortly after 6:00 p.m Both he and Furrer were killed immediately.

References

*Julide Tanriverdi, "Reinhard Furrer - Das Summen des Universums", ISBN 3-548-35632-X

External links

* [http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/furrer-r.html Biography at NASA]

Persondata
NAME=Furrer, Reinhard Alfred
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Physicist, Astronaut
DATE OF BIRTH=November 25, 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH=Wörgl, Austria
DATE OF DEATH=August 13 2006
PLACE OF DEATH=Berlin, Germany


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Reinhard Furrer — Land (Organisation): Deutschland (DLR) Datum der Auswahl: 19. Dezember 1982 Anzahl der Raumflüge: 1 Start erster Raumflug …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Reinhard Furrer — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Furrer. Reinhard Furrer Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Reinhard Alfred Furrer — Reinhard Furrer Land (Behörde): Deutschland (DLR) Datum der Auswahl: 19. Dezember 1982 Anzahl der Raumflüge: 1 Start erster Raumflug …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Furrer — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Adolf Furrer (1897–1978), Schweizer Politiker Andreas Furrer (* 1983), Schweizer Eishockeyspieler Art Furrer (* 1937), Schweizer Gastronom Beat Furrer (* 1954), österreichischer Komponist und Dirigent… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Furrer — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Furrer: Beat Furrer (né en 1954), compositeur suisse Jonas Furrer (1805 1861) Otto Furrer (1903 1951) Philippe Furrer (né en 1985), joueur suisse de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Furrer — Fụrrer,   1) Beat, schweizerischer Komponist und Dirigent, * Schaffhausen 6. 12. 1954; studierte in Wien Komposition bei R. Haubenstock Ramati und Dirigieren bei O. Suitner und ist seit 1985 musikalischer Leiter des von ihm mitgegründeten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Liste der Biografien/Fu — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • D-1-Mission — Missionsemblem Missionsdaten Mission: STS 61 A NSSDC ID: 1985 104A Space Shuttle …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • D1-Mission — Missionsemblem Missionsdaten Mission: STS 61 A NSSDC ID: 1985 104A Space Shuttle …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • D 1-Mission — Missionsemblem Missionsdaten Mission: STS 61 A NSSDC ID: 1985 104A Space Shuttle …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.