Astronaut visits San Gabriel Mission schools

Former astronaut Jose Hernandez speaks at San Gabriel Mission High School.

“Anything is possible if you work hard and do well in school,” was the primary message from retired NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, who recently addressed students at San Gabriel Mission Elementary and High Schools. 

The high school auditorium was packed with students, teachers, staff and parents who heard Hernandez’s personal story that began in the sugar beet fields near Stockton and continued to his recent trip into outer space in 2009.

As the son of immigrant farm workers, Hernandez worked alongside his parents and siblings, picking crops and spending nine months of the year in California and three months in Mexico. His family eventually settled near Stockton.

Hernandez wanted to be an astronaut after watching the Apollo 17 mission at age 10. His father encouraged him and together they plotted out a roadmap to his dreams that included perseverance (and earning a M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara). That was good advice for Hernandez who was turned down 11 times for the space program before finally being accepted.

After extensive training, Hernandez blasted off into space on Aug. 28, 2009, to realize his dream, with his parents and second grade teacher cheering him on.


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  • Friday, July 25

    Villanova Alumni Luau, for classes celebrating milestone reunions, 6 p.m., 12096 Ventura Ave., Ojai; $. (805) 646-1464.

    Healing Mass, Fr. Joey Faller presiding, 7 p.m., St. Philomena Church, 21900 S. Main St., Carson. (310) 528-6184.

    “Summer Movies under the Stars,” for families, sponsored by parish youth ministry (also Aug. 8), 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 820 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello. (323) 725-7578.

    “Heaven & Earth: Byzantium from Greek Collections,” exhibit (to Aug. 25), Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300.

    Catholic Family Conference, speakers, workshops and liturgies (also July 26), Ontario Convention Center; $. (800) 526-2151.

     

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