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A spacecraft is named after Ellison Onizuka, NASA’s first Asian American astronaut

Ellison Onizuka, the first Asian American astronaut, was recently honored with a NASA spacecraft named after him. 

A fallen hero: Aerospace company Northrop Grumman named its NG-16 Cygnus spacecraft S.S. Ellison Onizuka after the astronaut died along with six other crew members in the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger mishap on Jan. 28, 1986, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Virgin Galactic’s Sirisha Bandla becomes 3rd Indian American woman to reach space

Aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla became the third Indian American woman to go to space after being part of the Virgin Galactic’s first fully-crewed flight test on Sunday.

Successful mission: Bandla, 34, joined British billionaire Richard Branson and four others aboard the SpaceShipTwo Unity 22. It lifted off from the Spaceport America launch facility in New Mexico at 10:40 a.m. ET, reported Times of India.

China Successfully Brings Back World’s First Lunar Samples in 40 Years


China has recently brought rocks collected from the “Mons Rümker” region, a volcanic complex in the moon that has not been previously explored, back to Earth.

The return capsule of China’s Chang’e-5 probe touched down on Earth in the early hours of Thursday, bringing back the country’s first samples collected from the moon, as well as the world’s freshest lunar samples in over 40 years. #ChangE5 #LunarProbe

First Asian Astronaut Phạm Tuân Went to Space 39 Years Ago Today

Phạm Tuân, a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator and retired lieutenant general, made history 39 years ago for becoming the first ever Vietnamese and first Asian person to ever go out in space.

Tuân was selected to become part of the sixth international crew for the Interkosmos program by the Soviet Union on April 1, 1979. He was then launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in southern Kazakhstan on board the Soyuz 37 mission to the Salyut 6 space station on July 23, 1980.