Former astronaut Jose Hernandez

During an interview with former astronaut Jose Hernandez, he spoke about what he’s been up to since losing the race for Congress.

From turning his book into a movie script to helping Mexico develop its first space program, Hernandez is busy as ever.

Hernandez, who grew up working in the fields as a child in the Valley, completed an outer space mission for NASA a few years ago and is now an aerospace and electrical engineer consultant.

Hernandez is working with movie director, Alfonso Arau, who produced “Like Water for Chocolate” and directed “A Walk in the Clouds,” to turn Hernandez’s book, “Reaching for the Stars,” based on his life journey from the fields  to outer space, into a movie script.

Hernandez said Arau’s vision is to produce a movie based on the book. “Of course I’ll insist he film here in the Valley,” Hernandez said.

In his professional career, Hernandez, who had helped develop the first mammography equipment at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory years ago (before he went to NASA), continues working on technological advances as a consultant.

He is consulting with an aerospace company in Tustin to get air ships certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. These blimp-like air ships are capable of hauling 65 tons of equipment to remote areas of the world.

And Hernandez  is working on bringing investors and users together to design “economically feasible” solar energy programs.

He is helping develop a solar plant in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Also in Mexico, he is assisting the secretary of communications and transportation to start the country’s integrated aerospace community.

Hernandez continues to travel delivering motivational speeches, as well.

Another run for Congress, he said, is still in his future, if not in 2014 then surely in 2016. Read that story here:


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