HOUSTON, TX — NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, set to fly aboard space shuttle Discovery in August, is providing insights about his training on Twitter in both English and Spanish. It will be the agency’s first bilingual Twitter.
Hernandez, who considers Stockton, Calif., his hometown, grew up in a migrant farming family, traveling each year between Mexico and California. He did not learn English until the age of 12.
Hernandez, whose Twitter account is astro_jose, can be followed at: http://www.twitter.com/astro_jose
“I was inspired to pursue a dream to one day work in space while listening to the radio news about space exploration while working in the fields of northern California,” Hernandez said. “I hope to spread that excitement about space, science and engineering and inspire others to follow their dreams by sharing my activities and interacting with my followers on Twitter.”
Selected as an astronaut by NASA in May 2004, Hernandez will make his first spaceflight on the STS-128 shuttle mission that will continue assembly of the International Space Station. During the mission, he will oversee the transfer of supplies and equipment between the shuttle and station, assist with robotics operations and serve as a flight engineer in the shuttle cockpit during launch and landing. It will be the first shuttle mission to feature two Latino astronauts. Danny Olivas, who also is of Mexican descent, is among Hernandez’s six crewmates.
For Hernandez’s complete biography, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hernandez-jm.html