Wubbo Ockels

Dutch physicist and astronaut

Dr. Wubbo Johannes Ockels (28 March 1946 – 18 May 2014) was a Dutch physicist, mathematician and astronaut. He worked for the European Space Agency (ESA). In 1985, he was in a flight on a Space Shuttle (STS-61-A). This made him the first Dutch citizen in space. Ockels was born in Almelo, Netherlands.

Ockels in February 2007

Ockels died from complications of kidney cancer on 18 May 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, aged 68.[1]


  1. (in Dutch)Wubbo Ockels overleden, nos.nl, May 18, 2014

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