On This Day

Hispanic Heritage Month – On This Day, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez Became the First Person of Latino and African Descent to Fly in Space

The year was 1980. Arnaldo Tamoyo Méndez,  boarded the Soyuz 38 with Soviet cosmonaut Yury Romanenko for an eight-day mission into space to conduct scientific experiments and research studies. Born in Guantánamo, Méndez was orphaned and adopted at the age of one. As a teen, Méndez joined groups protesting against…

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