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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Cuban - ( RFSA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Jan. 29, 1942
Age: 77


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.

Soyuz-U | Soyuz 38

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Sept. 18, 1980, 7:11 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz 38 was the 12th mission to visit the Salyut 6 space station and carried the EP-8 crew, which visited the long-duration Soyuz 35 resident crew. The mission began on September 18, 1980, 19:11:03 UTC, launching Commander Yuri Romanenko and Research Cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, the first Cuban cosmonaut, into orbit. They docked with the station the next day. During their 7-day stay on the station, EP-8 crew carried out medical and other experiments, including Earth and solar observation, plant and crystal growing. The mission concluded with a safe landing back on Earth on September 26, 1980, 15:54:27 UTC.

Low Earth Orbit
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Administrator: Dmitry Rogozin

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.


New Shepard
Success
3 days, 6 hours ago
NS-12
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.


PSLV-QL
Success
3 days, 14 hours ago
RISAT-2BR1 & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Satellite imaging mission of ISRO using an active SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imager to provide continuity of service for RISAT-2. Mission also ...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
3 days, 15 hours ago
Glonass-M No. 59 (Kosmos 2544)
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a ...


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week ago
Kuaizhou
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Kuaizhou
Success
1 week ago
Jilin-1-02B
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.