• Costa Rica Real Estate

Tico astronaut Franklin Chang inducted into U.S. hall of fame

September 18, 2015

Franklin Chang, Costa Rica’s most beloved astronaut, will be one of three new inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. The announcement came earlier this week from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which has been overseeing the selections since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 1990.

Chang was the first Latin American to go to space. He’s also tied for the record for the most space trips, having been there seven times.

The previous 79 inductees include Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong, and Chang will be inducted alongside Kevin Chilton, the military’s highest-ranking astronaut, and Charles Precourt, former chief of the NASA astronaut corps. The ceremony will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 5.

“It’s a big honor to be in the same place as some of the people I admire, like John Young, John Glenn, Allan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and many others,” Chang told The Tico Times. “I even had posters [of some of them] on my walls when I was a teenager.”

Chang is currently an entrepreneur in Costa Rica. Seven years ago, he founded Ad Astra Rocket, a technology company specializing in the creation of a plasma engine. In a press conference on Thursday, Chang announced the possibility for Costa Ricans to invest in the company.

“I think that Ad Astra Rocket was an important factor when considering me for the Hall of Fame. They not only take into consideration what you did while you were an active astronaut, but also the collaborations you have done after retiring. Therefore this is also a recognition of our company’s work and [our] Costa Rican team,” he said.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement
Central America
21 views
Central America
21 views

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

The United States and El Salvador reached an immigration agreement on Friday, the interim secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan,…

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG
Keylor Navas
18 views
Keylor Navas
18 views

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas debuted in the Champions League with Paris SG on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against…

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts
Climate Change
277 views
Climate Change
277 views

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 20, 2019

The United Nations has selected Costa Rica as its 2019 Champions of the Earth award for policy leadership, the organization…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!