Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

Happy Birthday to Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, born on January 29, 1942, in GuantánamoCuba.  Méndez was orphaned as an infant, and spent some of his childhood working as a shoeshine and vegetable seller.  He selected as an astronaut in the Soviet Union’s seventh Intercosmos program in 1978.  Méndez was the first Hispanic and the first African-American to travel in space.