First Latino Astronaut Inducted By NASA into Hall Of Fame
It would come as a proud moment for all the Hispanics all around the globe as NASAâ€™s first Latino astronauts joins its hall of fame. Franklin Chang-Diaz was among the three other astronauts who were added to the prestigious hall of fame on Saturday. They now have joined the ranks of John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride.
He was born in Costa Rica and flew seven shuttle missions. This is a record that he shares with former astronaut Jerry Ross. He originally was a plasma physicist with a doctorate the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The two other astronauts that joined him in the hall of fame ceremony held at Kennedy space station were Charlie Precourt and Kevin Chilton.
Chang-Diaz has helped in many space endeavors and was also involved in the deployment of the Galileo spacecraft on its mission to Jupiter. He also worked on the Russian Mir space station and the International Space Station. In 2005 he left NASA and founded Ad Astra Rocket Co. Since then he has been working on the rocket propulsion systems for travel to Mars. With this induction the total number of astronauts inducted din NASA hall of fames comes to 82.