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Furrer, Reinhard Alfred
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Austrian physicist payload specialist astronaut 1982-1985. Died in an airplane crash.

Status: Deceased; Active 1982-1985. Born: 1940-11-25. Died: 1995-09-19. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 7.03 days. Birth Place: Woergl.

Educated Free University Berlin.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Reinhard Furrer (Ph.D.)
Payload Specialist (Deceased)

PERSONAL DATA: Born November 25, 1940, in Worgl, Germany. Single. He was a commercial pilot and held all sailing licences. He enjoyed open water dives and photographic exhibitions. Dr. Furrer died in an airplane accident on September 9, 1995.

EDUCATION: Realgymnasium at Kempten, Allgau. Studied physics at the Universities of Kiel and Berlin. Received a diploma in physics in 1969, and a doctor of philosophy degree in physics in 1972.

PROFESSION: University Teacher, Free University Berlin; and Scientist Astronaut at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DFVLR).

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the German Physics Society.

PUBLICATIONS: Published about 50 papers in international journals and international conferences.


SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Dr. Furrer flew as a payload specialist on the crew of STS-61A Challenger (October 30 to November 6, 1985). STS-61A was the West German D-1 Spacelab mission. It was the first to carry eight crew members, the largest to fly in space, and was also the first in which payload activities were controlled from outside the United States. More than 75 scientific experiments were completed in the areas of physiological sciences, materials science, biology, and navigation. At mission conclusion Dr. Furrer had traveled 2.5 million miles in 110 Earth orbits and had logged over 168 hours in space.


This is the only version available from NASA.

Official Biography

NAME: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Furrer

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: November 25, 1940 in Woergl, Austria


EDUCATION:Realgymnasim (High School) in Kempten. Diploma in Physics after studying at universities in Kiel and Berlin in 1969. Doctorate in Physics, Free University of Berlin, 1972.

EXPERIENCE: Research Associate at the Institute of Atomic and Solid State Physics of the Free University of Berlin. Group leader in the research project "Hyperfine Interaction" (SFB 161). From 1974 Assistant Professor of Physics.

In 1981 chosen as astronaut for a German-sponsored Spacelab mission. Flew on October 30 - November 6, 1985, as a member of the astronaut crew of the German Spacelab Mission D1. From 1987 Professor and Managing Director of the Institute of Space Science at the Free University of Berlin. From 1987 also Director of the Berlin Space Institute (WIB Weltraum-Institut Berlin GmbH) and SpaceTech GmbH.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: Atomic Physics (highly ionised noble gases), solid-state Physics (ionic single crystals and organic crystals). Chemical Physics and Photo-physics (solid-state photo reactions, photo-synthesis), Biophysics (structural analysis of enzymes), microgravity effects in the fields of Physics, Biology and Medicine. Development and conception of space experiments.

DEATH: Professor Furrer died in an airplane crash on September 9, 1995.

More at: Furrer.

Family: Astronaut. Country: Austria. Flights: STS-61-A. Projects: STS. Bibliography: 5411.

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