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The first Latino-American astronaut is also a scientist designing a new generation of plasma-powered space vehicles.

Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

(This video is no longer available for streaming.) Franklin Chang-Dí­az was NASA's first Latin-American to go into space, and he's been there seven times, which ties the record. But his greatest accomplishment may be yet to come. The Costa Rican native is designing a plasma-based rocket engine that he believes will revolutionize space travel, putting our entire solar system at our disposal.

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