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Ulf Merbold (born 1941). Ulf Dietrich Merbold was the first West German, the second German astronaut and the first ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut in space. He is also the first non-US citizen to reach orbit in a US spacecraft. In 1983 he was the first Payload Specialist to fly on the Space Shuttle Columbia as part of the STS-9 (Spacelab 1) mission.
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