In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month - NASA Astronaut José Hernández

September 24, 2010


Office of Origin:HR/REE
Announcement Number:2010_09_126
Date of Announcement:September 24, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15

The period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States

and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month….

The U.S. Department of State’s Hispanic Employees Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA), and the Bureaus of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Public Affairs

invite you to JOIN US for a spirited conversation with

Date: 09/24/2010 Description: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2010 : NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez - State Dept Image
NASA Astronaut José Hernández

“From Life in the Fields to Outer Space”

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Time: 12:00 pm (Guests should arrive no later than 11:45 a.m)
HST, Dean Acheson Auditorium

Please RSVP to by October 1st.

Mr. José Hernández is a NASA Astronaut and an American engineer of Mexican descent. His family is from La Piedad, Michoacán, with indigenous Purépecha roots. One of four children in a migrant farming family from Mexico, Hernández -- who didn't learn English until he was 12 years old -- spent much of his childhood traveling with his family from Mexico to southern California each March, then working northward to the Stockton area by November, picking strawberries and cucumbers at farms along the route. After graduating high school, Hernández earned an electrical engineering degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and earned his Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California - Santa Barbara. In 2006, Hernández completed Astronaut Candidate Training and was subsequently assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. While in orbit, Hernandez became the first person to use Spanish language in space while tweeting.

QUOTE: “That was the moment I said, 'I want to fly in space.' And that's something I've been striving for each day since then.” -Recalling the selection of Hispanic-American astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz.

For a full bio on Ray Suarez please visit:

For questions about this Hispanic Heritage Month event or HECFAA please contact Luis Toledo at

“The mission of the Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA) is to enhance awareness of the contributions of Hispanic employees to U.S. foreign affairs agencies, to assist in the recruitment, retention and promotion of Hispanics, and to develop the leadership abilities of Hispanics at U.S. foreign affairs agencies. HECFAA welcomes the participation and support of all U.S. foreign affairs agency employees.”