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Vela, Rodolfo Neri (1952–)





Rodolfo Vela
The first Mexican in space. Vela, a teacher and designer of satellites at the National Institute of Electrical Research in Mexico City, flew as a payload specialist aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-61B in November-December 1985 with responsibility for deploying the Mexican Morelos B satellite. As part of the food manifest he requested tortillas.


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