Field worker to NASA astronaut: Hispanic Heritage Month
With farmers as parents, the likelyhood that Jose Hernandez would follow their footsteps was high, but Jose surpassed expectations by a longshot.
It's a major feat to defy the odds of a hand dealt by fate, but nothing could stop Jose Hernandez from chasing his celestial dream.
Through hard work and dedication, Jose knew that his dream of becoming an astronaut for NASA could become his reality far beyond the strawberry fields he knew so well.
In 1972, Jose saw Apollo 17 capture Eugene Cernan's footsteps on the moon, and he said, "I would hear NASA and Walter Cronkite narrate the moon walk. I said 'you know, Papa, Mama, that's what I want to do.'"
The road to success was not a cakewalk. Jose applied 12 times before he was accepted into NASA's 2004 astronaut candidate class. Fast-forward to 2009, he was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery-- his dream now his reality.
"Folks should not be afraid to dream for something big," said Jose. "Don't ever give up on yourself."
Does Jose Hernandez' story inspire you to achieve a major aspiration?