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Victoria, the Costa Rican girl who dreams of being a NASA astronaut

Victoria's don't have capes or swords. Victoria's heroes are scientists. Franklin Chang-Díaz, Sandra Cauffman, and Elon Musk are the people who inspire this 13-year-old girl from Cartago every day. The trio of luminaries, with her achievements, teach Victoria that dreams come true. They show her...

Franklin Chang-Díaz urges presidential signature for Space Agency law

QCOSTARCIA - On February 19, the Legislative Assembly approved in a second debate the creation of the Costa Rican Space Agency (AEC). However, the law promoted by the legislator of the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN), Aida Montiel, has been the subject of criticism. But this...

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by Congress, does not have to be a bureaucratic giant, with a large office that requires a lot of investment, argued Franklin Chang, former NASA astronaut, and director of the Ad Astra Rocket Company. In...

Space agency in Costa Rica will be a reality

HQ - The creation of a space agency in Costa Rica remains firm after being approved in the second and final debate this Thursday. To finance itself, it will depend on donations and loans in favor of the initiative, as well as a contribution from...

Franklin Chang supports the creation of a Costa Rican space agency

QCOSTARICA - Franklin Chang, a Costa Rican scientist and the first Latin American immigrant NASA Astronaut selected to go into space a member of the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame, says he supports the creation of a space agency in the country. "A Costa Rican...

Costa Rica to create aerospace agency like NASA, but in a small way

RICO's DIGEST - The first steps are being taken to create an aerospace agency in Costa Rica, something like NASA, but in a small way. The initiative, Ley de Creación de la Agencia Espacial Costarricense (AEC) - the Costa Rican Space Agency Law - was...

“Embrace The Situation”, astronaut’s advice for sheltering-in-place due to the new coronavirus

As we wait patiently for what is expected to be an easing of the restrictions, that could be less staying at home, more stores and businesses open and for longer hours, here is a great video of former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who shares...

NASA image shows how Costa Rica beats Mexico and Central America in avoiding forest fires

Costa Rica is the country with the best performance in forest fire prevention from Mexico to Panama. That is confirmed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA image published on Thursday. The image by NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) reveals that...

NASA Gauges Plant Stress in Costa Rican Drought

NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has imaged the stress on Costa Rican vegetation caused by a massive regional drought that led the Central American nation's government to declare a state of emergency on July 23. Parts of Costa Rica have...

Message of Costa Rica president Trejos was taken to the moon and remains on its surface

In April 1969, NASA telephoned the then president of Costa Rica, José Joaquín Trejos Fernández (1966-1970) to ask him for a favor. The request, according to Don Juan José Trejos Fonseca, the former president's son, surprised his father, who was asked to write a message...

‘A citizen of the world’: NASA’s first Latino astronaut reflects on how space changed his immigrant identity

While the American memory of the Space Race is most often filtered through black-and-white photos of white men on the moon, NASA’s reality was Technicolor. People of color, including the black female mathematicians who worked as “human computers” and were depicted in the Oscar-winning “Hidden...

First Tico Satellite To Launch Monday April 2

The first Costa Rican satellite is targeted for a launch on Monday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, when for the fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14) heads to the International Space Station. The Irazú satellite project is the first for Costa Rica and Central...

Cloudy Skies and Rain May Cloud Costa Rica View Of Eclipse

While million across the U.S. and the world are in the path of totality for today's solar eclipse, in Costa Rica the eclipse is estimated at about 30% and a good chance we might not get to experience it at all. The national weather service...

‘Nyuti’, The Future For Costa Rica’s Younger Generation

  Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica (AARC CR) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American rocket propulsion, Ad Astra Rocket Company, has announced the arrival of Costa Rica’s first hydrogen (H2) fuelled electric passenger bus. The development of the bus was by Ad Astra,...

From Costa Rica to Mars: Sandra Cauffman’s NASA Journey

Q COSTA RICA - A great video first published on March 2015 and updated on September 2016, the Sandra Cauffman TEDx PuraVidaJoven talk she gave in 2014, in San Jose, Costa Rica, the city of her birth. Her story is how a Costa Rican girl...

Why Did Hurricane Otto Not Lose Strength Despite Landfall? Blame It On Lake Nicaragua

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Why did Otto not lose strength despite landfall? The answer to the question lies in Lake Nicaragua, the large body of water north of the Costa Rica border and in the path of Otto. According to Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN)...

Costa Rica Aerospace Sector Aims To Shine Abroad

QCOSTARICA - Converting Costa Rica in a country providing services for the international aerospace industry is the goal proposed by some 25 companies, both domestic and foreign. To achieve this, the government on Tuesday unveiled the Aerospace Cluster Costa Rica (CRAC) or Clúster Aeroespacial de...

Costa Rica’s As Astra Rocket Company Wins Major NASA Advanced Propulsion Contract

QCOSTARICA (NASA Press Release) - Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and...

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