In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month - NASA Astronaut José Hernández
|Office of Origin:||HR/REE|
|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
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)
Location: HST, Dean Acheson Auditorium
Please RSVP to TorresVelaG@state.gov 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: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hernandez-jm.html
For questions about this Hispanic Heritage Month event or HECFAA please contact Luis Toledo at email@example.com.
“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.”