Remembering Wubbo Ockels, who died earlier today, 18 May 2014, in the Netherlands. Ockels was the first Dutch citizen in space, flying on the joint NASA-ESA mission STS 61-A in 1985. During the weeklong mission, a variety of scientific experiments were carried out in Europe’s Spacelab module, which was carried in the payload bay of the orbiter.
Ockels is seen here, second from right, with the eight member crew of STS-61-A in a publicity photo prior to launch.
The mission, lasting from 30 October to 6 November 1985, was also the last successful flight of Challenger.