List of Hispanic astronauts

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The following is a list of persons from Spanish-speaking countries or of Hispanic descent who have travelled into space, sorted by date of first flight.

The first country listed is that of citizenship; the second, if any, is that of the Spanish-speaking country of birth or ancestry.

# Image Name
Birth date
Country Comment Missions (Launch date)
1 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
January 29, 1942
 Cuba First person from Latin America to fly in space. First black person to fly in space. Soyuz 38 (September 18, 1980)
2 Mexico.RodolfoNeriVela.01.jpg Rodolfo Neri Vela
February 19, 1952
 Mexico First Mexican in space. STS-61-B (November 26, 1985)
3 Changdiaz.jpg Franklin Chang-Diaz
April 5, 1950
 United States
( Costa Rica)
First Costa Rican Hispanic astronaut STS-61-C (January 12, 1986)
STS-34 (October 18, 1989)
STS-46 (July 31, 1992)
STS-60 (February 3, 1994)
STS-75 (February 22, 1996)
STS-91 (June 2, 1998)
STS-111 (June 5, 2002)
4 Sidney M. Gutierrez.jpg Sidney M. Gutierrez
June 27, 1951
 United States First U.S.-born Hispanic astronaut STS-40 (June 5, 1991)
STS-59 (April 9, 1994)
5 Ellen Ochoa.jpg Ellen Ochoa
May 10, 1958
 United States
( Mexico)
First female Hispanic astronaut STS-56 (April 8, 1993)
STS-66 (November 3, 1994)
STS-96 (May 27, 1999)
STS-110 (April 8, 2002)
6 Michael Lopez-Alegria.jpg Michael Lopez-Alegria
May 30, 1958
 United States
( Spain)
First Spanish-born astronaut STS-73 (October 20, 1995)
STS-92 (October 11, 2000)
STS-113 (November 24, 2002)
Soyuz TMA-9 (September 18, 2006)
7 Carlos Noriega.jpg Carlos I. Noriega
October 8, 1959
 United States
( Peru)
First Peruvian-born astronaut STS-84 (May 15, 1997)
STS-97 (November 30, 2000)
8 Pedro Duque.jpg Pedro Duque
March 14, 1963
 Spain First Spanish astronaut STS-95 (October 29, 1998)
Soyuz TMA-3/2 (October 18, 2003)
9 John Olivas v2.jpg John D. Olivas
May 25, 1965
 United States
( Mexico)
STS-117 (June 8, 2007)
STS-128 (August 28, 2009)
10 Zamka G NASA.jpg George D. Zamka
June 29, 1962
 United States
( Colombia)
STS-120 (October 23, 2007)
STS-130 (February 8, 2010)
11 Joseph Acaba v2.jpg Joseph M. Acaba
May 17, 1967
 United States
( Puerto Rico)
First Puerto Rican astronaut STS-119 (March 15, 2009)
Soyuz TMA-04M (May 15, 2012)
12 Jose Hernandez v2.jpg Jose Hernández
August 7, 1962
 United States
( Mexico)
STS-128 (August 28, 2009)

Other Hispanic astronauts[edit]

Image Name
Birth date
Country Comment
Serena M. Aunon, NASA astronaut candidate.jpg Serena M. Auñón
Apr. 9, 1976
 United States
( Cuba)
Astronaut candidate.
Jose Lopez Falcon
February 8, 1950
 Cuba Backup for Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez on Soyuz 38
Ricardo Peralgta y Fabi
 Mexico Backup for Rodolfo Neri Vela on STS-61-B
Fernando Caldeiro.jpg Fernando Caldeiro
June 12, 1958
 United States
( Argentina)
Died October 3, 2009.
Christopher Loria.jpg Christopher Loria
July 9, 1960
 United States Retired as astronaut 2005.