News from NASA: a Mexican-American astronaut has successfully launched into space.
After a lifetime of struggle, Katya Echazarreta became the first American woman of Mexican descent to travel to space on a Blue Origin rocket.
A Mexican-american Woman Will Travel to Space
Katya made history in June when she joined a diverse international crew on Blue Origin’s sixth passenger mission, which was led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. She now uses her platform to encourage Hispanic youth to succeed.
Despite having worked for NASA, the electrical engineer’s first job was at McDonald’s. According to Echazarreta, everyone, regardless of background, is responsible for pursuing something that appears to be unattainable.
In an interview, Echazarreta stated that she is living proof that the sky is the limit.
Death of Walter Cunningham
Walter Cunningham died in Houston on Tuesday. He was the last astronaut from the Apollo program’s first successful crewed space flight still alive. He was 90.
In a statement, NASA said that Cunningham had died, but they didn’t say why. A family spokeswoman said that Cunningham died in the hospital because of problems caused by a fall. He had lived a long and full life.
In 1968, Cunningham was one of three astronauts on the Apollo 7 mission. The spacecraft was in orbit around the Earth for 11 days and sent live TV broadcasts back to Earth. This mission set the stage for the lunar landing a year later.
Cunningham, who was a civilian at the time, was on the ship with Navy Captain Walter M. Schirra and Air Force Major Donn F. Eisele. Cunningham was in charge of the lunar module for the space mission, which took off from Florida’s Cape Kennedy Air Force Station on October 11 and landed in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda.
NASA says that the mission of Cunningham, Eisele, and Schira was almost perfect. Because their spacecraft worked so well, NASA sent Apollo 8 around the moon in July 1969 as a practise run for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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