Sunday, August 26, 2007

Союз 31, 26 August

In 1978, Lt. Col. Sigmund Jähn, a pilot and scientist for the Luftstreitkräfte der NVA (East German Air Force), became the first German in space. He was one of the first trainees of the Soviet Intercosmos program, and was the third Warsaw Pact cosmonaut to go into space (after Vladimir Renek from Czechoslovakia and Miroslaw Hermaszewski from Poland).

Jähn, along with soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, were crewmembers on Soyuz 31. Their mission included docking with the Salyut 6 station. The cosmonauts returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 29.

The Soyuz 31 mission launched on August 26, 1978 ... a date that figures prominently in the German imagination (as well as the plot of Good Bye Lenin!)

I was born on August 26, 1971 ...

Happy Birthday to me!!! Woo-hoo!!!


John said...

Small world. That's my b-day, too, though two years later in '73. Always good to know about milestones on your birthday.

enrique said...

Small world indeed .... Happy (Belated) Birthday, John!!!!