Astronaut Lands in 29th District Schools
Dr. Chang is a shining example of where an education and a love of math and science can take you, Green said. Sometimes the road to success seems too long and too hard, but he can show the kids how its done. Also, as an immigrant and the first Hispanic in space, his story has a special resonance with many of the students in my district.
Chang‑Diaz was born in Costa Rica but finished his high school education in the United States. He studied mechanical engineering in college and earned an Sc.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He was soon recruited by NASA and became an astronaut in 1981. He became the first Hispanic in space in 1986 and eventually flew on seven Space Shuttle missions for a total of over 1,600 hours in space. He also performed several spacewalks for a total of nearly 20 hours.
What: Rep. Gene Green and astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang-Daz tour schools
Where/when: Friday, April 27
Baytown Junior High School
7707 Bayway Drive
Houston, Texas 77520
Galena Park Middle School
400 Keene Street
Galena Park, Texas 77547
Thomas A. Edison Middle School
6901 Avenue IHouston, Texas 77011