Ricardo Peralta y Fabi


Ricardo Peralta
Ricardo Peralta (NASA photo).jpg
Ricardo Peralta (NASA photo)
Ricardo Peralta y Fabi

(1950-08-15) August 15, 1950 (age 71)
Mexico City
Mexico City
OccupationMexican astronaut selectee, engineer, professor
Known forbeing the backup for Rodolfo Neri Vela
ChildrenErnesto Peralta Medina, Emiliano Peralta Medina, Liliana Peralta Magallón

Ricardo Peralta y Fabi (August 15, 1950 – 2016[1]) was a Mexican mechanical engineer and former astronaut trainee[2] who was a backup for astronaut Rodolfo Neri Vela on STS-61-B.[3][4] Peralta was one of three people selected among 400 applicants to the Mexican space program.


Peralta was the alternate of the first Mexican astronaut Rodoflo Neri Vela at the time of the ultralight accident (bought as remuneration for astronaut training), in which he was seriously injured. He was unable to complete astronaut training and training at Indiana University. He left the corps of astronauts on 3 December 1985.[2]

He taught at the University in Mexico City for many years after his astronaut career and died in 2016.

See also


  1. ^ http://haciaelespacio.aem.gob.mx/revistadigital/articul.php?interior=424
  2. ^ a b Martinez, Nurit (25 November 2005). "Accidente 'echo abajo' al segundo astronauta nacional". archivo.eluniversal.com.mx (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "First Mexican astronaut happy to join shuttle". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press. June 6, 1985. p. B6.
  4. ^ Evans, Ben (June 1, 2012). Tragedy and Triumph in Orbit: The Eighties and Early Nineties. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-46143-430-6.