NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez
In 2004, after 12 years of applying, he was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate. Five years later Hernandez’s dream came true when he rocketed into space as a crew member of the 128th shuttle mission and the 30th mission to the International Space Station. Today, with his foundation Reaching for the Stars, he inspires thousands of children around the world to follow their dreams. In this interview, Hernandez talks with Maria Hinojosa about his long journey from the dusty fields of California to the International Space Station.
Maria on her interview with Jose:
"Jose Hernandez used to look up at he moon when he was working the fields picking the food for his fellow Americans to eat. He felt small but not invisible as a farm worker. And so he allowed himself to dream one of the most unlikely dreams -from farm worker to astronaut. And he did it!
When I want to feel inspired after life's challenges all I need to do is think of Jose Hernandez and his uplifting smile and the fact that what he enjoys most -except for being on a space ship- is being a role model and encouraging the next generation of multicultural space explorers."
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