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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
First Black Cosmonaut
(January 29, 1942 - )

The world’s first Black cosmonaut is Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez. The Russians launched the Vietnam War veteran and a Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko into space aboard Soyuz 38 on September 18, 1980. Méndez’s space suit is preserved at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.

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