An American engineer and a Mexican descent and former NASA astronaut.
His family is from a small town in Michoacán State in Mexico with indigenous roots. As a child José lived half the year in La Piedad and half in the United States, where he used to work alongside his family throughout the fields of California, harvesting crops and moving from one town to another. He didn't learn to speak English until he was 12. After graduating as an engineer, he joined the NASA in 2001, where he was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in May 2004. In 2009, José was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. While in orbit, José became the first person to use Spanish language in space while tweeting.
José is an exemplary Mexican, who doesn't believe in barriers to reach once dreams.