Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo, a Cuban, Becomes the First Black Sent on a Mission in Space.

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Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo

On this day in 1980, Arnold Tamayo, along with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko, was launched into space aboard Soyuz 38.

After docking with Salyut 6, Tamayo and Romanenko conducted experiments, in an attempt to find what caused space adaptation syndrome, and perhaps even find a cure.

After 124 orbits of the Earth (lasting 7 days, 20 hours and 43 minutes), Tamayo and Romanenko landed 180 km from Dzhezkazgan.

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