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The New Salvadoran-American NASA Astronaut Has A Crazy Resume, He’s An Army Major, Helicopter Pilot, And A Surgeon

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This week, NASA announced its newest class of astronauts. Out of a record setting 18,300 applicants, 12 people were selected to be members of the new class of space travelers. They’ll train for the next two years before becoming full fledged astronauts, performing missions and going into space. Among the 12 amazingly qualified women and men chosen is Dr. Frank Rubio, a Salvadoran-American, born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami. Dr. Rubio is not only a Major in the U.S. Army, having flown over 1,100 hours as a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot (including 600 hours of combat), the man is also a surgeon. Can you even get more qualified than that? He’s also a member of the very exclusive group of Latino astronauts at NASA.

Dr. Francisco “Frank” Rubio was announced as one of the members of the newest class of NASA astronaut candidates.

There have been just eleven Latino astronauts in total out of 350 chosen since Mercury 7 in 1959. Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa is one of those eleven and said this of the new class:

“These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations. Children all across the United States right now dream of being in their shoes someday. We here at NASA are excited to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to inspire the next generation of explorers.”

The introduction to all 12 new astronauts was made at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Among the 12 are engineers, scientists, pilots, a Navy SEAL and two doctors. In a separate post, NASA writes, “The talented women and men selected for the new astronaut class represent the diversity of America and the career paths that can lead to a place in America’s astronaut corps.”

Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to give remarks about the new astronauts.

“You are the 12 that made it through. You have joined the elites. You are the best of us,” said Vice President Pence.

After the pomp and circumstance, the crew got together to bond and take a couple selfies.

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From the Instagram caption on this photo, these astronauts could end up working at the International Space Station, launching on spaceships created by commercial companies or going into deep space missions on NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

We can’t wait to see what Dr. Rubio and the new class will accomplish in space!

But how do I get one of those blue suits though? ?


[H/T] Al Día

READ: She Wasn’t About To Spend 4 Months Eating Canned Food, So This Boricua Figured Out How To Make Puerto Rican Food On Mars


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A Day After His Mom Was Detained By ICE, This New York Teen Was Also Taken Into Custody

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A Day After His Mom Was Detained By ICE, This New York Teen Was Also Taken Into Custody

The end of any school year is supposed to be filled with an immense feeling of accomplishment — and for high school seniors, that emotion is often magnified by memorable moments that last a life time, including prom and graduation. Diego Ismael Puma Macancela, a 19-year-old from Ecuador, was robbed of that because of his undocumented status.

On June 8, just one day after Diego’s mother was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Diego was also detained — on the same day as his prom and just days before his graduation. According to NBC New York, Diego went into hiding at a cousin’s house in Ossining, New York, out of fear after his mother was detained by ICE. A picture taken by Diego’s family shows ICE officers standing outside the home smiling and laughing.

They grabbed him like he’s a criminal,” Gabriela Macancela told NBC New York. “He didn’t do anything wrong, he was just doing the best he could for his future.”

NBC New York also reported that Diego and his mother, who both fled Ecuador due to gang violence and moved to the United States in 2014, had been taken by ICE stemming from a 2016 court order to have them removed.

Gabriela said her aunt and cousin had no idea they were ordered to leave, because if they had, they would have appealed it.

“He came here to start a new life, and now he’s going to have to go back and start all over again,” Macancela told NBC New York.

Luis Yumbla of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition told WNYC that Diego should not have been taken in the manner that he was.

He is a young student. He is hard-working,” Yumbla said to WNYC. “He has two jobs to help the family, to help himself, and he doesn’t have any previous criminal record or arrests.”

The Hudson Valley Community Coalition started a petition for his release and fundraiser for Diego.

U.S. Representative Nita Lowey of New York also sent a letter to ICE asking for the release of Diego and his mother.

In a statement, Assemblyman Francisco Moya of New York called ICE and DHS “unhinged.”

[H/T] NBC: New York: Westchester High School Student Arrested by ICE Officers Days Before Graduation

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