Portrait Astronaut Candidate Frank Rubio

NASA astronaut candidate Frank Rubio poses for a portrait in the anechoic chamber, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Frank Rubio, part of NASA’s astronaut class of 2017, will be the keynote speaker today for Marshall Space Flight Center’s live, virtual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. All Marshall team members are invited to participate.

The theme of this year’s heritage month event is “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future.” Rubio will incorporate that theme into his address, titled “Highlighting the Stars on the Way to Mars.”

His presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.

Welcoming Rubio will be Loucious Hires, director of Marshall’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, which organizes the annual heritage month activities. A question and answer session will follow Rubio’s address.

Rubio, a Florida native, is a former Army helicopter pilot and combat veteran who served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also was a clinic supervisor and flight surgeon at Redstone Arsenal. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous other Army achievement honors. NASA selected Rubio and the other 11 members of the 2017 astronaut class from among more than 18,000 applicants.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year, honoring the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans throughout the nation’s history, and celebrating their diverse and impactful heritage and culture. The monthlong commemoration was enacted into law in 1988.

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