Latino astronauts, engineers inspiring the next generation in STEM

ABC News’ Marci Gonzalez reports on astronauts and engineers encouraging young Latinos to open their minds and pursue careers that are out of this world.
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NASA is making history tonight with what's described as a touching go landing on an asteroid the Osiris Rex spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of an asteroid is Halsey Empire State Building spinning like atop the craft collected a sample of about five to ten seconds and is now heading back more than 200 million miles to earth arriving here in 20/20 three. The aim of the mission is to provide more information about our solar system and see how we can prevent an asteroid like it from hitting our planet. And from an asteroid an outer space we bring you back here with a glimpse of the future the pushed attract more young Latinos into the fields of science technology engineering and math. Where they are largely under represented ABC's Marcy Gonzales with more on this mission. Good didn't look good looking look good. I'm gonna have a record of calories and remark I'm not and many. He'll lose general vibrations of the three insurance companies who lives. And then this sorry rob composers Alatas later turn on. The noise level rules of the order of magnitude and the vibrations become more violent. Person he can. Now what you think the whole thing is an all Carter. A need is an unparalleled. Thrilled. And an accomplishment. Few other Latinos have achieved and Jose Hernandez a first generation Mexican American and we weren't. Are digging radio nationals are not just. Don't really going from farm worker to astronaut. Room inspired as a ten year old boy watching the Apollo seventeen moon landing. And in an underhand my. Minerals. The. Gotta be a while both Kabul because I live vicariously. I sit. That's what I want to be when they. Organizations like all a lot of the Hispanic outreach leadership alliance are working to change that. Period of the web the future and in order to become editor and building bank urged. Don't work or young people need to seed that is possible and that he's job for them. A part of spreading that message is sharing stories of others in stem fields like engineer in their walker Hannan. I'm elite Eric and Erin. Presentation matters. It is important to keep black and brown students who assume you'll. And Ellen Ochoa and the first Hispanic woman should go to space and now the chair of the national science board who faced countless challenges. I didn't and it's people who try did you scrutiny. It was that I just didn't sit there are picture of who becomes an engine Harris scientists. A chill is now changing that picture and charting a path for the next generation of Latinos in stem fields like high school junior India cut onside. She's an inspiration. She advocates for fair opportunities for all of them instant appeal of each station size me to reach for the stars just like she said. Now seeing their own potential in the feces of these trail blazers. A chance to recast the left Tina's iron and talk about extended illness senator. The first thing I want to say his. EU each year Max he needs your creativity your way of looking at her. Well clearly Atlanta plans and you're so mean yeah and that's there are things ultimately we're water yeah steadying and stem. I guess I'll problems Marcy Gonzales ABC news Los Angeles.

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