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lucspace
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This morning, Wubbo Ockels died from the results of renal cancer.

In 1985, he was the first Dutch citizen to fly in space, aboard Challenger during the STS-61A Spacelab D-1 mission.

My thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren.

A colourful character, and caring about both science and the environment, he faced his illness with optimism and bravery.

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Wubbo Ockels, first Dutch astronaut to fly in space, dies at 68

Wubbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch citizen to fly into space, died Sunday (May 18), the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed. He was 68.

"Sad to hear former ESA astronaut Wubbo Ockels passed away this morning," agency officials wrote on Twitter.

Ockels' death was due to complications from renal cancer. In May 2013, he confirmed to Dutch news services that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive kidney cancer and that it had spread to his lungs.

Ockels first and only space mission was onboard the last successful flight of the space shuttle Challenger, prior to its loss in January 1986. As a member of the eight-person STS-61A crew, Ockels helped set a record for the largest group of people to fly to and from space together.

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Very sad.

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Farewell to the "coolest" ESA astronaut.

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Condolences to all the Dutch friends of collectSPACE.

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So sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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A very brave man.

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An amazing gentleman who fought until the end... R.I.P. Wubbo

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. - My first space hero, his flight actually started my enthusiasm for human space flight. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

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