Franklin Chang publishes second part of his autobiographical series

Franklin Chang Diaz, the Costa Rican-U.S. astronaut, has written a second book in his autobiographical series. This is “Dream’s Journey” that begins as Chang, now 18, is on his way to the United States with $50 in his pocket.

“This book gives a very personal account of his educational experiences, his first marriage, family life and his impressions of poverty in the United States and religion, among other topics,” said a summary.

The second book is in English and brings readers to the time when Chang is accepted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The first book, ” Los Primeros Años,” covers his earlier years.

The former astronaut now runs Ad Astra Rocket Co.  in Liberia which is pioneering plasma motors.

There are other books available about Chang, but most appear to be for children, based on the titles and descriptions available online.

Also available is “Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut” by José M. Hernández, a Mexican who was turned down for the astronaut program 11 times before finally being accepted.

“Dream´s Journey” is not available in bookstores and can be purchased by contacting

Franklin Chang is on the right in this cover photo.

Franklin Chang is on the right in this cover photo.

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