Former astronaut released from hospital

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15 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Former Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, 59, has returned home from hospital.

15 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Former Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, 59, has returned home from hospital.

He was discharged from a hospital in Delft on Tuesday evening and is doing well, his wife said on Wednesday.

A part-time professor with Delft university's Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Ockels suffered a heart attack in mid August. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital.

Two weeks ago Ockels was told by his doctors he could return home on 5 September. The release date was pushed back to allow medical staff to carry our further tests, his wife said.

In 1978, Ockels was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as one of three European payload specialists to train for space missions.

He completed a training course at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas in 1981 and flew in space in October and November 1985 aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

The Second official Dutch astronaut is André Kuipers, 47, who flew to the International Space Station abroad a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004.

Lodewijk van den Berg was in fact the first Dutchman in space. Born in Sluiskil in the Netherlands in 1932, Van den Berg was a US citizen when he flew in space on Challenger from 29 April to 6 May 6, 1985.

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Subject: Dutch News + Wubbo Ockels

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