Katya Echazarreta was once told: "This is not for you." She will now be the first Mexican woman in space

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Katya Echazarreta Hearing the news, he burst into tears: “My mother will go crazy!” She said after receiving a video call that she learned she would be the first Mexican woman to travel to space. A 26-year-old woman from Guadalajara, Jalisco, who moved to the United States at the age of seven and spent five years separated from her family due to the immigration process.

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He remained to live in the United States, a country where he studied electrical engineering at UCLA and later earned a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hokpins University. Katya is also the host of “Netflix IRL” and “Electric Kat” on YouTube, where she does scientific validation of what we see in TV shows.

After finishing her studies, the young woman worked for four years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and took part in five different space missions.

Nonprofit that recognizes him as a role model and representative of a minority in the STEM world (science, technology, engineering and math) There will be Space for Humanity (S4H) Sponsor your seat on a mission into space by blue origin By Jeff Bezos.

This Citizen Astronaut Program “sends leaders into space to help expand access to all of humanity”; Katya Echazarreta will be the organization’s first citizen ambassador.

In an interview with S4H, the young woman commented: “As a Mexican engineer working in the aerospace industry, I know firsthand how little we are. I have always believed that if you do not help others grow with you, it is not enough to achieve your goals. I started working diligently to help not only students in the United States with great aspirations like me, but also students and women in Mexico who hear the words ‘not for you’ so often heard”.

Here you can see the moment Katya got the news.

Katya also said: “I am honored to not only represent Space for Humanity on this mission, but also to represent all the girls and women who dream of achieving something bigger, perhaps just those who need an extra push or an example from someone. Sounds like or similar to them to encourage you to take the next step towards your dream.”


Five more astronauts will accompany the mission, named after Katya. NS-21 . These: Evan Dick (an engineer and aviator who has already participated in other space missions), Hamish Harding (aviator pilot with various records in history), Victor Correa Hesphana (Brazilian civil engineer), jaison robinson (entrepreneur and owner of various technology and sports ventures) and Victor Vescovo (explorer, skier and diver).

The launch date of the NS-21 mission has not yet been confirmed.