Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez in Berlin, July 2018
Born (1942-01-29) 29 January 1942 (age 79)
StatusRetired
NationalityCuban
OccupationPilot
AwardsHero of the Republic of Cuba
Hero of the Soviet Union
Space career
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Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut
RankBrigadier General
Time in space
7d 20h 43m
Selection1978 Intercosmos Group
MissionsSoyuz 38
Mission insignia
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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator, and former cosmonaut. He was the first person of African heritage in space.[1]

As a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the first Cuban citizen, the first Latin American, and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the United States to travel into Earth orbit.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Soviets Launch World's First Black Cosmonaut". Jet. 59 (4): 8. 9 October 1980. ISSN 0021-5996.