He is of chinese paternal grandfather and costa rican spanish maternal side descent. He is the founder and current ceo of ad astra rocket company as well as a member of cummins board of directors. Sean okeefe recently unveiled nasas vision for the future, which is to improve life here, to extend life to there, to find life beyond. Franklin ramon chang diaz april 5, 1950 is a costa rican american mechanical engineer. Argentina palacios has worked with words in many different ways. An astronaut with nasa for 25 years and a veteran of seven space shuttle flights, dr. On january 12, 1986, franklin chang diaz became the first latin american to go into space. Franklin ramon chang diaz was born in san jose, costa rica on april 5, 1950 to a costa rican father of chinese descent, ramon angel chang morales, an oil worker whose own father fled china during the boxer rebellion. Diaz won the world youth cup in 1979 with the argentina under20 team alongside diego maradona, winning the golden boot for being the topscorer of the competition.
On january 12, 1986, franklin changdiaz became the first latin american to go into space. He has flown on seven space shuttle missions, completed three spacewalks and serves as director of the advanced space propulsion laboratory at jsc. Changdiaz is an engineer, scientist and member of nasa s astronaut corps at the johnson space center jsc in houston. Franklin ramon chang diaz by mauricio carmona on prezi. Chang diaz serves as chairman of the ad astra board and chief executive officer since july of 2005.
A timeline created with timetoasts interactive timeline maker. He logged more than 1,601 hours in space, a total that includes 19 hours and 31 minutes accumulated during three spacewalks. The man who wants to change the future of space travel drives a 1983 volkswagen jetta. Franklin changdiaz was born on april 5, 1950 in san jose, costa rica as franklin ramon changdiaz. Franklin didnt let international boundaries keep him from dreams of space flight. Choose from 73 different sets of diaz franklin chang flashcards on quizlet. While growing up in costa rica and venezuela, franklin r. Apr 09, 2020 franklin changdiaz, born april 5, 1950, san jose, costa rica, costa ricanborn american physicist and the first hispanic astronaut. He is currently president and ceo of ad astra rocket company. As a boy franklin dreamed of moving to the united states to become an astronaut. It had been rumoured that he and maradona were involved in a feud which prevented diaz from playing for. Endeavours crewmembers, commander ken cockrell, pilot paul lockhart, and mission specialists philippe perrin and franklin chang diaz, and expedition 4s yury onufrienko, carl walz and dan bursch, were awakened at 1.
Franklin changdiaz bio, facts, family famous birthdays. In 1973, he graduated from the university of connecticut with a degree in mechanical engineering. Mexico border, a teenage boy named harlon carter came home from school to find his mother upset. Changdiaz was born on april 5, 1950, in san jose, costa rica, the son of maria eugenia diaz and ramon chang morales, an oil worker of. That flight would earn him the liberty medal, presented to him from president ronald reagan, as well as the medal of excellence from the congressional hispanic caucus and the flight achievement award from the american astronautical society. Franklin ramon chang diaz usamerikanischer astronaut. He is a veteran of seven space shuttle missions, making him the record holder as of 2008 for the most spaceflights a record he shares with jerry l. Three hispanic boys had been loitering in front of the house. Timeline enriches our understanding of the present by telling stories of the past. Endeavours crewmembers, commander ken cockrell, pilot paul lockhart, and mission specialists philippe perrin and franklin changdiaz, and expedition 4s yury onufrienko, carl walz and dan bursch, were awakened at 1.
Franklin changdiaz is an americancosta rican physicist and former nasa astronaut. Franklin changdiaz was born in san jose, costa rica on april 5, 1950. Franklin changdiaz wanted to be an astronaut, pure and simple. Chang diaz is currently president and ceo of ad astra rocket company. Changdiaz was born on april 5, 1950 in san jose, costa rica. His grandfather named him for american president franklin d. Franklin ramon changdiaz born april 5, 1950 is a costa rican american physicist and former nasa astronaut. He earned a bachelors degree 1973 in mechanical engineering at. Drawing on the best evidence, sources, and information available, we use the narratives of history to bring context to the news and issues of today. He achieved his goal when he became an astronaut in the united states, eventually completing seven space shuttle missions in 2002 and tying the world record for the most trips in space. Franklin changdiaz, nasa s first hispanicamerican astronaut and see what inspired him to work with rockets.
A lot of us are hoping that someday soon, people are going to board a spaceship and travel to mars. In 1967 his parents sent him from costa rica to live with relatives in connecticut. After she moved to the united states from panama, where she was born, she taught spanish in austin, texas. He is of costa rican spanish maternal side and chinese paternal side descent. Bartholomew diaz born to a noble family of portugese seamen and explorers including joao diaz, who sailed around cape bojador in 1434. He was fascinated by the space exploration of the sixties and spent his boyhood imagining what life in space must be like. Franklin changdiaz costa ricanborn american physicist and. Dec 08, 20 born the son of chinese and costa rican parents in 1950, chang diaz came to the u. Jean elizabeth chang diaz, lidia aurora chang diaz, miranda karina chang diaz, sonia chang diaz.
He is an actor and executive, known for the wild blue yonder 2005, science and star wars 2017 and nasa presents. As the first hispanicamerican to fly in space, astronaut and physicist franklin changdiaz participated in seven nasa space shuttle missions. Franklin changdiaz the sts111 crew interview with franklin changdiaz, mission specialist. Later she moved to new york city, where she became a book editor. He immediately applied to the nasa astronaut program, but he was not accepted. Most widely held works about franklin r chang diaz nova sciencenow visual. Franklin chang diaz biography childhood, life achievements. Latino quote of the day by franklin changdiaz my vision is a future for humanity where we will be completely free to pursue activities outside of our planet. Franklin chang diaz wanted to be an astronaut, pure and simple. Oct 22, 20 chang diaz has undertaken several initiatives to boost spaceoriented research in central and south america, and he is an avid pilot and scuba diver. Sts61c in 1986 2005 franklin ramon chang diaz november 1967 1980 1973 born april 5, 1950 thanks. Costa rican engineer, physicist, and astronaut most recognized for being the ceo of ad astra rocket company. Franklin chang diaz, born april 5, 1950, san jose, costa rica, costa ricanborn american physicist and the first hispanic astronaut chang diaz aspired to be an astronaut as a young child. Its an honor to be a representative of a group increasingly becoming powerful in the us, says the naturalized american citizen.
Franklin changdiaz was the first hispanicamerican astronaut. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline. Learn diaz franklin chang with free interactive flashcards. Chang diaz was born on april 5, 1950 in costa rica to mother maria eugenia diaz and father ramon chang morales. Changdiaz moved to the united states when he was in high school, and got a doctorate in applied plasma physics from mit in 1977.
Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website. Sts61cs sevenperson crew included the second africanamerican shuttle pilot, future nasa administrator charles bolden, the first costa ricanborn astronaut, franklin chang diaz, and the second sitting politician to fly in space, representative bill nelson dfl. One year after chang diaz was born, his parents moved the family to venezuela. Franklin went on to participate in seven space shuttle missions over the next two decades. He led the initial experiments at mit and the johnson space center and is the author. Franklin ramon chang diaz born april 5, 1950 is a costa ricanamerican mechanical engineer, physicist and former nasa astronaut. Franklin ramon changdiaz was born on april 5, 1950 in san jose, costa rica, and is one of six children. Well be able to do everything within a reasonable time frame. Franklin also encourages young people to follow their. Franklin ramon chang diaz april 5, 1950 is a costa rican american mechanical engineer, physicist, former nasa astronaut. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. Cdt by the song i got you babe, by sonny and cher, from the groundhog day movie soundtrack. No one knows exactly when he was born, but the year was 1457. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the creative commons cc0 license.
Jean elizabeth changdiaz, lidia aurora changdiaz, miranda karina changdiaz, sonia changdiaz. He is a specialist in applied plasma physics and fusion technology as well as an entrepreneur and role model who promotes science, technology, and education worldwide. He then went on to play in the 1982 fifa world cup and scored against brazil in argentinas 31 defeat. While undergoing astronaut training, he was also involved in flight software. Rusted and worn, the silvercoloured beater gets franklin chang diaz from a to b, but he also finds it. At an early age, franklin decided that some day he would go to the united states and become an astronaut.
Franklin changdiaz is a physicist and former nasa astronaut. Franklin chang diaz timeline created by karenlacayo. Franklin changdiaz costa ricanborn american physicist. Born april 5, 1950 san jose, costa rica costa ricanborn american astronaut, physicist. In 1980 changdiaz was selected to participate in the national aeronautics and space administration nasa astronaut program. Franklin changdiaz was born in san jose, costa rica, on april 5,1950. Franklin also became one of the first scientists without a military background to regularly fly on board. Franklin also encourages young people to follow their dreams. He logged more than 1,601 hours in space, a total that includes 19 hours and. The familys car had been stolen a few weeks before, and she thought these boys might know something about it. Franklin changdiaz spent more than 1,600 hours in space. Changdiaz, franklin ramon encyclopedia astronautica.
Franklin chang diaz is an americancosta rican physicist and former nasa astronaut. Changdiaz aspired to be an astronaut as a young child. When i first started, it was clear that being a scientist made you less likely to fly. All of these positive attributes pertain to franklin chang diaz, the first costa rican astronaut. His mother is also costa rican, maria eugenia diaz romero. One year after chang diaz was born, his parents moved the family to. Nasa first hispanicamerican astronaut lives childhood dream.
Franklin chang diaz astronaut scholarship foundation. Chang diaz became one of only two astronauts to fly on seven space shuttle missions. He earned a bachelors degree 1973 in mechanical engineering at the university of connecticut. His father was of chinese heritage and his mother was costa rican. Born the son of chinese and costa rican parents in 1950, chang diaz came to the u. He earned a bachelors degree 1973 in mechanical engineering at the university of connecticut and a doctorate. He eventually achieved his dream of becoming an astronaut, entering space for the first time aboard columbia in. Through text, images, and video we change the way people think about now. Growing up in costa rica, franklin chang diaz and his friends. The costa ricanborn physicist completed seven space missions for nasa.1206 1182 803 742 823 256 823 74 1122 282 530 532 788 879 122 29 1239 923 532 132 817 934 224 136 550 1491 513 504 1122 40 274 1118