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ABC13 – NASA’s first Latino astronaut wants everyone to travel to space

Dr. Chang Díaz speaks to local ABC13 for Hispanic Heritage Month, telling their viewers what it was like to be the first Latin American NASA astronaut…Click here to…

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Aviation Week – Ad Astra Hits Milestone In Test Of Novel, High-Power...

Ad Astra Rocket Company experiences another astounding success, breaking another high-power/long-duration record, this time running the engine for 88hr continuous at 80kW power… breaking both a company and…

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Politico – The rocket engine that could transform space travel

‘TOTAL TRANSFORMATION’: That’s what rocket company Ad Astra is ultimately hoping to achieve in deep space travel as it continues to test-fire its VASIMR plasma engine into the…

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American Nuclear Society | Discovery – Navigating Nuclear

Join brilliant scientists Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz, Candace Davidson, David Poston and others on the journey of learning all about nuclear power! https://www.ans.org/nuclear/navigatingnuclear/virtualfieldtrips/

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Houston Now – Houston Public Media – How do Plasma Rocket Engines...

In 2005, Houston Rocket Company, Ad Astra began the processes of designing a more efficient rocket engine for space flight. 15 years later, their VASMIR Plasma Rocket Engine…

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PBS Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

Learn the explosive history of the rocket, from its origin in ancient China, to its use as a weapon of war, to how adding hydrogen allowed it to…

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Great Big Story – An Ex-NASA Astronaut’s Plan to Speed Up the...

Franklin Chang Díaz is a pioneer. As a child, he dreamed of going into space. As an adult, he made his wish come true. Diaz was the first…

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CBC Quirks & Quarks

Franklin Chang Diaz flew on the space shuttle seven times and holds a PhD in plasma physics from MIT, so he knows a few things about rockets. Through his firm…

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Briefings Magazine – Lessons from the Cosmos

The countdown sequence began for the space shuttle Columbia on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center. Strapped inside the cramped interior was astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz and…

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‘A citizen of the world’: NASA’s first Latino astronaut reflects on how...

While the American memory of the Space Race is most often filtered through black-and-white photos of white men on the moon, NASA’s reality was Technicolor. People of color,…

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