José Hernández

Former NASA Astronaut & Inspiration for the film “A Million Miles Away”

NASA engineer Jose Hernandez wanted to fly in space ever since he heard that the first Hispanic American had been chosen to travel into space. "I was hoeing a row of sugar beets in a field near Stockton, Calif., and I heard on my transistor radio that Franklin Chang-Diaz had been selected for the Astronaut Corps," says Hernandez, who was a senior in high school at the time. "I was already interested in science and engineering," Hernandez remembers, "but that was the moment I said, 'I want to fly in space.”  In 2009 Hernandez was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-128.  He also served as chief of the Materials and Processes branch of Johnson Space Center.

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