Following In His Astronaut Father’s Footsteps


I get a lot of my hard work and my ethic from my dad,” he said. “To become an astronaut from a migrant farm worker, there has to be so much fortitude and drive to achieve history, and I’d like to think I have a little bit of that.

Recently, University of the Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science held its graduation ceremony, among those graduates was 21-year-old Julio Hernandez who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering science. Waiting for him on that stage, was former astronaut, Jose Hernandez, an alumni of University of Pacific who was able to hood and hand over a diploma to his son. A symbolic moment of a trailblazing torch being handed over…definitely a father and son moment to be remembered and major milestones to be applauded for both Julio and Jose alike. Jose Hernandez, the proud father, made history by becoming the first Latino to tweet from space in Spanish after becoming a NASA astronaut of Mexican descent despite 11 rejections from NASA!

The first tweets in Spanish from space.

Jose Hernandez @Astro_Jose has given his six children (one adopted) the option and choice to become what ever they want as long as they become colleges graduates with degrees. Julio Hernandez is going much further and preparing for a Ph.D at Purdue University now. ‘Why Purdue?’ He said, ‘Well, dad, I did my research, and I found that the greatest number of astronauts graduated from Purdue University.’ Definitely following his father’s footsteps.



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