Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Status: Retired
1/29/1942 –
Nationality: Cuban
Type: Government
Agency: Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator, and former cosmonaut and the first person of African heritage in space. As a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the first Cuban citizen and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the United States to travel into Earth orbit.

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