Reinhard Furrer (Astronaut) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Reinhard Furrer

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Alfred Furrer was a German physicist and astronaut. Furrer was born in Wörgl, Ostmark. 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.

Nationality: German
Born: Nov 25, 1940, Wörgl, Germany (now Austria)
Died: Sept 9, 1995, Berlin, Germany
Other occupation: Physicist
Time in space: 7d 00h 44m
Selection: 1982 German Group
Missions: STS-61-A

About Reinhard Furrer

German physicist who flew as payload specialist on STS-61-A.

Before Fame

He was involved in the building of the tunnel under the Berlin Wall that allowed 57 people to escape East Berlin.


He died tragically when his plane crashed during a Berlin air show.

Family Life

He married and had three children.


He was a physicist like Donald Keck.

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