First German in space - Sigmund Jähn passed away

Sigmund Jähn in 2011
Image Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA

News from Sep 23, 2019

Saturday, 21 September 2019, the first German astronaut Sigmund Jähn died at the age of 82. Together with his sovjet colleague Waleri Bykowski, Jähn visited the Saljut 6 space station in 1978, flying with a Sojus 31 rocket. During his one-week stay in space, images were taken with the MKF-6 mulitspectral camera, an instrument build in the German Democratic Republic for remote sensing of the Earth. Today, the German Astronautics Exhibition in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz in Saxony, the place of birth of Sigmund Jähn, reminds of the first German space flight

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