Role Model Program

HISPA wishes Mr. Joseph Acaba the very BEST in the amazing journey he has undertaken

Joseph Acaba, an educator, hydrogeologist, and the first Puerto Rican NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He is currently assigned to STS-119, which was launched on March 15, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station.

On a recent interview, Mr. Acaba stated: “As an educator you presumably believe in the notion that education can take you anywhere. You’re about to go to space as a living example of that. How would you like to see your example impact kids? “I think you said it correctly about example. I think a lot of times we try to tell kids what to do and really say, “This is the way it should be done”, but I think they learn a lot more by looking at examples whether it be their parents in my case or their teachers…”. A statement that fits the HISPA Role Model Bureau.HISPA wishes, Mr. Acaba, the very best on this amazing journey.

Please visit NASA’s Meet NASA’s Future Explorer – Joe Acaba to learn more about this role model.

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