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‘Shoot for the moon,’ Spaceflight was once a folk tale to this NASA engineer now supporting astronaut launches


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – With a contagious smile and a dream job at NASA, 26-year-old Cuong Tran has a bright future but he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the bravery of his family to leave their home in Vietnam and pursue a better life in the U.S.

Tran is an electrical engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center working on the Commercial Crew Program where he supports SpaceX and Boeing missions sending astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

It’s hard to believe now but not that long ago Tran wasn’t even considering a career in space because he didn’t know it was an option. “This is the most exciting time for NASA in a decade,” Tran said. “And I am so grateful to join NASA during this time, especially with the

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