My Voice, Our Story Talks with Cielo

From Farmworker to NASA: How José Hernández Overcame All Odds to Become an Astronaut

October 8, 2020

In this episode, Jose opens up about his inspiring journey from migrant worker to astronaut. He tells about his childhood years traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico and how he never let his circumstances or rejection (he was rejected by NASA 11 times) from achieving his dreams. 

Background:

José Moreno Hernández was the first first-generation Mexican American astronaut working for NASA. He is also an engineer, and he served as chief of the Materials and Processes branch of Johnson Space Center.

After leaving NASA, José established the  Reaching for the Stars Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and educates students about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Episode Notes: bit.ly/JoseMHernandez1

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