The first Latino astronaut was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Franklin Chang Díaz was inducted on May 5, 2012, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Dr. Chang Díaz, a veteran of seven space shuttle flights, logged more than 1,600 hours in space. He retired from NASA in 2005.
Born in Costa Rica, Chang Díaz is a role model for Latinos who aspire to do work that is out of this world. His is a story of the American Dream.
When he came to the United States as a young man, he only had $50 and didn't speak English.
When asked if he felt more part of the United States or Costa Rica, Chang Diaz told a Massachusetts newspaper in a recent article that he is a "citizen of planet earth."
As an astronaut, "you begin to see we are really in this all together," he said.
Planet earth, he added, "is the only home we get."
At a time when people are arguing over borders, his words ring true.