WOW! NASA’s Latino Astronaut will visit our Bay Area for STEM week! And it’s FREE!
Mission College is excited to welcome former Astronaut Jose Hernandez to Mission College on Monday October 30th, 2017. This event serves as the “kick-off” for our Mission College Fall 2017 “STEM Week”.
We invite you to attend this event to learn more about Jose’s life and career, particularly how he was able to overcome a variety of challenges as a first-generation college student in his pursuit of becoming an Astronaut and engineer.
We look forward to hosting you for this FREE event!
FREE parking will also be available.
Where: Mission College Santa Clara Gymnasium
Date: Monday, October 30th
3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054
This is the amazing story of José Hernández, the Mexican American NASA astronaut.
In 2001, Hernández joined the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas.
After three years and being turned down eleven times for astronaut training by NASA, Hernández was selected in May 2004.
In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. On completing this initial training, Hernández was assigned to the Shuttle Branch to support Kennedy Space Center Operations in support of Shuttle launch and landing preparations.
Hernández worked various technical assignments until his selection on July 15, 2008, as a mission specialist on the STS-128 mission, which launched on August 28, 2009. While in orbit, Hernández became the first person to use the Spanish language in space while tweeting.