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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

  • Status: Retired
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 01/29/1942
  • First Flight: 09/18/1980
  • Last Flight: 09/18/1980


Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, a Cuban astronaut affiliated with the government agency Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS), embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

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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