Reinhard Furrer, 54, a German astronaut who...


Reinhard Furrer, 54, a German astronaut who took part in the last successful mission of the space shuttle Challenger, was killed Friday along with the pilot when a refurbished World War II Messerschmitt 108 crashed after takeoff at a Berlin air show. He was one of the first German astronauts to work with NASA and the third German in space. He helped operate Spacelab D1, a West German-financed payload aboard the October 1985 Challenger mission that was the first purely German research mission in space. Challenger exploded, killing all seven aboard, in January 1986.

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