Jose Hernandez: From Farm Worker to NASA Astronaut

August 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

When the space shuttle Discovery takes off today for the International Space Station, it will be carrying two Latinos: Jose Hernandez and Danny Olivas. But it is Hernandez’s inspirational life story that has people talking.

When he was younger, Hernandez used to pick tomatoes and cucumbers side-by-side with his Mexican parents, who found employment in California as migrant farm workers in order to make ends meet for him and his siblings. It was a thankless, difficult job, and his parents—who were only able to complete the third grade themselves—made sure to emphasize the importance of education. It was a lesson Hernandez took to heart.

via Jose Hernandez: From Farm Worker to NASA Astronaut.

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