Former NASA astronaut speaks at Migrants in Action Conference

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 4:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 9:46am

It was an out of this world visit for thousands of valley students, as former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez spoke at a "Migrants in Action" conference at the Pharr Event Center.

Former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez says, "I'm here to motivate them and tell them it is okay to dream big, I mean I used to dream of being an astronaut and going to the stars, I grew up as a migrant worker."

During the conference Hernandez spoke to students about his challenges in life and growing up as a migrant worker in California. For the students hearing his story meant a lot.

Guillermo Gutierrez is a student from Edinburg, he attended the conference and says he felt very inspired.

Gutierrez says, "It was an experience, because it raises my hopes of becoming something big and I really admire that."

During the conference the students learned a lot from Hernandez, but for the former astronaut it didn't come easy.  It wasn't until his 12th attempt, he was finally accepted into NASA.

Following his visit to the valley, Hernandez will head back home to California, hen later he will travel to other cities, including El Paso, Texas.

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