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Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Migrant Farmworker Turned NASA Astronaut & Engineer
SPEAKER FEE RANGE: $20,000–$28,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: California
Jose Hernandez spent much of his childhood working side by side with his parents and siblings picking crops across the San Joaquin Valley. At the age of nine, Jose watched in amazement as Apollo 17 brought men to the moon. From that day, Jose was determined to do whatever it took to become an astronaut. The hard work paid off. In 2004, Jose reached a lifelong goal of becoming a NASA astronaut, and in August 2009 he flew on a 14-day mission as the flight engineer on the Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station. Today, his mission is to travel across the country making sure the American Dream is there for all children, just as it was for him. He has founded the Reaching for the Stars Foundation, whose mission is to inspire youth to find passion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, establish a family commitment to education, and develop a support network through community engagement." He was appointed by Governor Newson to the Board of Regents of the University of California in 2021 to a term expiring 2033.

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