Cuban president praises feat of first Latin American cosmonaut
Havana, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday praised the feat of the first Latin American cosmonaut, fellow countryman Arnaldo Tamayo, whose flight marks 40 years.
'On September 18, 1980, Cuba joyfully celebrated the feat of its first cosmonaut,' the president posted on his Twitter account, along with some photos by Brigadier General Tamayo and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko, who commanded the ship that took them into space.
It orbited the Earth 128 times. Some 21 experiments from our Academy of Sciences were conducted during more than 7 days in space, Diaz-Canel wrote.
The head of State recalled the humble origins of Tamayo, a Guantanamo mulatto man who became the first cosmonaut in Latin America.
As a member of the Soyus-38 crew, Arnaldo Tamayo and the Cuban Revolution entered the history of space flights, he stressed.
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