Thursday, July 2, 2009

NASA Astronaut Starts Agency's First Bilingual Twitter

HOUSTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- 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:

"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:

For more information about the STS-128 mission, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:

For a list of NASA missions providing updates on social media Web sites,


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