Costa Rica’s astronaut urges collaboration in space exploration

Franklin Chang Díaz said Monday that space exploration should be a future of collaboration and not confrontation.

The Costa Rican-U.S. astronaut was speaking at the beginning of a five-day series of workshops set up by the U.N. Space Agency.

“Space is our future,” said Chang, “a future that should be shared for all of humanity, a future of collaboration and not confrontation, of inclusion and not exclusions.”

The ex-astronaut now heads Ad Astra Rocket Co., which has a facility in Liberia with the goal of inventing new methods of propulsion for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The sessions are at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in San José. Costa Rican officials said that some 120 experts were participating.

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