Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez first Cuban astronaut signed picture
First Cuban astronaut
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Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator, and former cosmonaut and the first person of African heritage in space. In 1980, as a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the first Cuban citizen, the first Latin American, the first person of African descent, and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the United States to travel into Earth orbit.