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The village is home to a major site of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and became hence known to a wide audience when, in 1983 the first German astronaut, the physicist Ulf Merbold flew to space on board a Space Shuttle in the context of the Spacelab missions. These missions were partly supervised by Oberpfaffenhofen ground control.1
The research centre in Oberpfaffenhofen is fairly large, not only housing the DLR, but also Fraunhofer Institutes and other scientific institutes.
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