Wubbo Ockels

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Birthday
28, 1946
Birthplace
Almelo, Netherlands
Death Date
May 18, 2014 (68)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
28, 1946
Birthplace
Almelo, Netherlands
Death Date
May 18, 2014 (68)

About

Physicist and European Space Agency astronaut who became the first Dutchman to travel to space. He later joined the faculty of the Delft University of Technology.

Before Fame

He earned degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Groningen.

Trivia

He was a Payload Specialist on STS-61-A, a Space Shuttle Challenger mission that was the first spaceflight to carry eight crew members.

Family Life

His marriage produced two children. He died of kidney cancer at the age of sixty-eight.

Associated With

He flew with Bonnie Dunbar on STS-61-A.