Franklin Chang Díaz and the crew of the Columbia space shuttle will be at Casa Presidencial today to meet with President Luis Guillermo Solís.
Chang, now an inventor of space propulsion devices, is Costa Rica’s only astronaut.
The other astronauts include William Nelson, who is now a U.S. Senator from Florida, Robert L. Gibson, who was the 1986 mission commander, and Charles F. Bolden, who is now administrator of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Bolden also is a retired major general in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The men are here to plan and participate in a workshop on space technology with a human dimension that runs from Monday through March 11 at the hotel Crown Plaza.