From Migrant Kid to Rocket Engineer then Astronaut then Entrepreneur

Interview with NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez

Today we talk with NASA retired Astronaut Jose Hernandez, who is the founder and CEO of the Satelite Company “Tierra Luna Engineering”.

Hernandez was a migrant child of Mexican descent. His parents were farmer workers, and he did not master English until the age of 12. One day he saw the last NASA mission to the moon on television, and right there he decided that he was going to be an astronaut, one day. He then made a plan with his dad laying out what he needed to achieve that dream, and it drove him to reach for the stars and become the successful person he is today.


He achieved multiple degrees, masters, languages and rocket engineering expertise in his path to achieve a dream. He went to the International Space Station on 2010, later ran for a public office, created the first working x-ray model machine special for Mammograms, and lately, he created his own satellite company. It is with this company that now he works with educational satellite projects in the USA and Mexico.

“Tierra Luna Engineering” designs satellites for private and public national and international organizations. It has successfully launched big projects for the government of Mexico and different universities.

Today he talks to us a little bit about his campaign with the “First Five California” for early childhood education, also about what it takes to have a satellite company, and of course a little bit about his background.

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