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Astronaut Regent Hernández on realizing his dream

Like many young boys, José Hernández dreamed of traveling to outer space. A son of migrant farmers, he knew that he would have to overcome seemingly astronomical obstacles to achieve his dream: learn English, graduate from high school, earn a college degree and compete against 12,000 applicants to secure a spot in the NASA astronaut training program.

During this year’s Grad Slam, an annual research competition, Regent Hernández took a few moments away from his role as a member of a distinguished panel of judges to share his proudest accomplishment and lessons from his remarkable life with UC Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt.

Read the story — and watch the full interview — at the UC Newsroom

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