Franklin Chang Díaz

1950 - Today

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Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He is the only founder and current CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company as well as a member of Cummins' board of directors. He became an American citizen in 1977. He is of Costa Rican Spanish (maternal side) and Chinese (paternal side) descent.He is a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, tying the record, as of 2018 for the most spaceflights (a record set by Jerry L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franklin Chang Díaz has received more than 309,583 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Franklin Chang Díaz is the 116th most popular astronaut (up from 120th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Costa Rica (up from 8th in 2019) and the most popular Costa Rican Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Franklin Chang Díaz ranks 116 out of 524Before him are Shannon Lucid, Vladimir Kovalyonok, Donn F. Eisele, Gennadi Strekalov, Robert Crippen, and William R. Pogue. After him are Vitaly Zholobov, James McDivitt, Bertalan Farkas, Musa Manarov, Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, and Tatyana Kuznetsova.

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Among people born in 1950, Franklin Chang Díaz ranks 226Before him are Jim Beaver, Krzysztof Wielicki, Kurt Koch, Edgar Savisaar, Erri De Luca, and Eddie Clarke. After him are Oswaldo de Oliveira, David Brin, Jerry Zucker, Li Yuanchao, Josiane Balasko, and Waldemar Cierpinski.

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In Costa Rica

Among people born in Costa Rica, Franklin Chang Díaz ranks 7 out of 98Before him are Óscar Arias (1940), Chavela Vargas (1919), José Figueres Ferrer (1906), Keylor Navas (1986), Laura Chinchilla (1959), and Abel Pacheco (1933). After him are Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1940), Luis Guillermo Solís (1958), Adolfo Díaz (1875), Otilio Ulate Blanco (1891), José María Castro Madriz (1818), and Rodrigo Carazo Odio (1926).

Among ASTRONAUTS In Costa Rica

Among astronauts born in Costa Rica, Franklin Chang Díaz ranks 1