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First Hispanic Astronaut Hopes to Inspire Students to Achieve their Dreams

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:30am -- WCVE

Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang-Diàz told a story about turning hopes and dreams into reality. It’s a story the retired astronaut, mechanical engineer and physicist knows well, since his own career keeps taking off!

Chang-Diàz spoke at the Science Museum of Virginia with students from the Museum’s Out-of-School Time partner agencies, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, Higher Achievement, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Passport to Education program and Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Peter Paul Development Center. The first Hispanic to go into space and the first naturalized American astronaut, Chang- Diàz has been to space seven times and he has walked in space three times. His is currently CEO of his own company designing a plasma-based rocket to take a manned rocket to Mars. He hopes his story can inspire students to achieve their dreams.

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About Passport to Education:
The “Passport to Education” Program is an educational initiative from the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the VAHCC Foundation who promote the importance of education in our state’s Hispanic community and offers assistance to help Latino students and their families navigate and understand what educational resources are available to them. Contact the Passport to Education program at the VAHCC Foundation at edu@vahcc.com or call (804) 378.4099.