Viehböck, Franz

Franz Viehböck, electrical engineer, was Austria’s first cosmonaut. He visited the Mir space station in 1991 after two years of training. At the Mir space station he conducted 15 experiments in the fields of space medicine, physics and space technology. He returned after 7 days and 22 hours with Soyuz TM-12, and landed in Kazakhstan on October 10. The following two years he gave numerous lectures on the mission, then went to the United States and worked for Rockwell. When Rockwell was taken over by Boeing he became Director for International Business Development in Vienna. Viehböck resides in Berndorf, Austria.