Happy #nationalastronautday! Today we're celebrating Ellison Onizuka, the first Asian American to fly in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1975. He was part of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Astronaut Class of 1978, which was the first to include women, Hispanic people, and Asian and African Americans. Though he tragically lost his life in the now-infamous Challenger explosion in 1986, his legacy helped pave the way for other Asian Americans pursuing careers in space exploration. Learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3edONJJ #aapiheritagemonth
Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American to fly in space.