University of Pacific Graduate on His Way to the Moon

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 6, 2004
From a family of farm workers in San Joaquin County, Jose Hernandez received a degree in electrical engineering from U-O-P in 1984. After graduation Hernandez went to work as an engineer for the federal government, but he never lost sight of his boyhood dream of traveling to the moon. This May, at the age of 41, he took a big step toward making that trip when he became one of eleven people named to NASA’s latest class of astronauts. Hernandez says the group is being trained for lunar missions.  HERNANDEZ :09—What inspired me was the images of men on the moon. We stopped going to the moon. And now that I’ve got selected this class has been designated to go back to the moon.  Hernandez, who is married and has three children, says he’s hopeful he will one day walk on the lunar surface because NASA has renewed interest in sending Americans to moon. Hernandez says he’s in the midst of an 18-month basic training program at the conclusion of which he’ll be eligible for flight assignments. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.