A Million Miles Away Interview With Astronaut Jose Hernandez, Director Alejandra Márquez Abella

A Million Miles Away is now streaming on Prime Video.

Astronaut Jose Hernandez, a remarkable figure in space exploration, and his inspiring journey are told in A Million Miles Away. Born to Mexican immigrant parents who were farmworkers, Hernandez faced numerous challenges while growing up. Despite these obstacles, he nurtured a deep passion for space. He went on to set his sights on becoming an astronaut from a young age. Hernandez pursued his dream with unwavering determination. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific and a master’s in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His perseverance eventually paid off when NASA selected him as an astronaut candidate in 2004. He would become the first person with Mexican heritage to travel to space.

Hernandez participated in the STS-128 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 2009.

He contributed to the International Space Station (ISS) assembly and maintenance. Hernandez’s exemplary dedication and inspirational journey from a migrant worker’s child to an astronaut testify to the power of determination and education. Beyond his accomplishments in space, he has advocated for STEM education. He has inspired countless young individuals, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds, to pursue their dreams in science and technology. Jose Hernandez’s life and career exemplify the boundless opportunities that can arise when one combines ambition, perseverance, and a love for exploration.

The acclaimed Alejandra Márquez Abella directs the biopic.

The inspiring film stars the talented Michael Peña. He brings the true story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández to the silver screen. A Million Mile Away traces José’s incredible journey. It begins in a humble rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, and follows his family’s path as proud migrant farm workers to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. Through unwavering determination and the support of his hard-working parents, relatives, and dedicated teachers, José’s relentless pursuit of his dreams takes him more than 200 miles above the Earth to the International Space Station. This film beautifully captures the essence of José’s incredible life. It celebrates his achievements and the resilience and spirit of the entire Hernández family.

Under the skilled direction of Alejandra Márquez Abella, the film pays a heartfelt tribute to the loyalty and tenacity of the Hernández family, as well as to anyone who dares to dream big and work tirelessly to turn their dreams into reality. This cinematic masterpiece is a testament to the power of determination and the unbreakable family bonds. It reminds us that the impossible can become possible with perseverance and unwavering support. “A Million Miles Away” is a must-watch, and it’s set to release on Prime Video on September 15th, promising to take audiences on a journey that will touch their hearts and inspire them to reach for the stars.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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