Costa Rica: Costa Rican-born Astronaut Inducted into NASA Hall of Fame
By Dialogo July 01, 2012
Franklin R. Chang Díaz, one of only two NASA astronauts to fly on seven space
shuttle missions, was inducted into the U.S. space agency’s Hall of Fame in May
The Costa Rican-born Chang Díaz also is the first Hispanic member of the
“I’m a product of two cultures and this honor here has a special meaning to
me because it’s given by those who have always been my heroes,” Chang Díaz said.
Chang Díaz served in the astronaut program, logging more than 1,600 hours in space,
including 19 hours and 31 minutes during three spacewalks. He helped deploy the
SATCOM KU satellite, the European Retrievable Carrier satellite, the Tethered
Satellite System, the Space Habitation Module-2 and the Galileo spacecraft on its
journey to Jupiter.
On his final mission, STS-111 in 2002, Chang Díaz installed the mobile base
system on the International Space Station and replaced the failed wrist joint on
Canadarm 2, a robotic arm used to move supplies.