Vela, Rodolfo Neri (1952–)

Rodolfo Vela was the first Mexican in space. A teacher and designer of satellites at the National Institute of Electrical Research in Mexico City, he 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.


Rodolfo Vela