Fernando Caldeiro
Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro (June 12, 1958, Buenos Aires, Argentina – died October 3, 2009) was an Argentine-American astronaut
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 with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona
University of Arizona
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 and the University of Central Florida
University of Central Florida
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Caldeiro was named a NASA
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 astronaut on May 1, 1996, as part of Astronaut Group 16
NASA Astronaut Group 16
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, nicknamed "The Sardines".

Caldeiro was assigned to high altitude research flights in NASA's WB-57
B-57 Canberra
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 aircraft. In 2002, he was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

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