Joe Acaba was in his classroom when NASA called to tell him he had been selected as an astronaut candidate. Before he was middle school math and science teacher, he had also been a hydrologist, managed a Caribbean Marine Research Center, and had been a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Acaba credits his success to his parents, both originally from Puerto Rico, who have shown him the value of hard work and instilled in him a love of space. Joe Acaba has logged a total of 138 days in space during two missions, STS-119, during which he performed two space walks, and Expedition 31/32.
Hear from Joe Acaba tomorrow at our Museum in Washington, DC during Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Aviation and Space Family Day: http://bit.ly/1vYhoWe
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