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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez in Berlin, July 2018
Born (1942-01-29) 29 January 1942 (age 80)
Status Retired
Nationality Cuban
Occupation Pilot
Awards Hero of the Republic of Cuba
Hero of the Soviet Union
Space career
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Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut
Rank Brigadier General
Time in space
7d 20h 43m
Selection 1978 Intercosmos Group
Missions Soyuz 38
Mission insignia
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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator, and former cosmonaut. He was the first person of African heritage in space.

As a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the first Cuban citizen, the first Latin American, 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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