Not everyone who takes a glance at Arizona State University astronomy student and NASA intern Rose Ferreira can understand the way she has come. The young lady grew up in the Dominican Republic as a child and never had access to an education. He later moved to New York City, where he faced an even harsher reality: he frequented dangerous neighborhoods, had trouble accessing the education system, and was left homeless in one of the country's major cities.
However, he has always wondered what could explain space, and the power outages he experienced in his hometown as a child gave rise to these doubts. In those times he had to rely only on the light of the moon to exist.
“The moon was a lot of what I used to see, and it always intrigued me,” he said in an interview with the NASA news site. As a result of this obsession, I started asking questions.
It weathered the storm thanks to unanswered questions. Rose trained through EJA while working as a home health aide before entering college (Youth and Adult Education). Cancer treatment and a hit-and-run accident were supposed to heal the wounds, she.
He was only able to enroll in the university after that. In July of this year, he received the best email of his life: he was going to be an intern at NASA.
Rose Ferreira, who didn't even know what NASA was as a child, now aspires to work as an astronaut in the US space agency. She says she had the strongest feeling of her life when she watched the image of a galaxy field for the first time with the James Webb telescope in July.
“I went to the bathroom and cried a little,” she recalls, laughing now. It felt so good to be able to support the work of the NASA team in the slightest way. I was in shock for a week.
During her internship, Ferreira guided teams that launched the largest space science telescope ever from the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
He supported various multimedia projects for NASA's Spanish communications department, including live interviews about the first publicly released James Webb photographs. His current short-term goal is to get a PhD.
Then who knows how he will fulfill his desire to become an astronaut?
Rose Ferreira has some advice for young people who want to pursue space science as a career. “First, find out if that's what you really like, and I say this as someone who had a little more trouble getting there,” she says.
No matter what anyone says, if that's what you truly love, find a way to do it.
As challenging as it may be, she says this process is worthwhile. The Artemis mission, which will study his long-time "bro" the Moon, is what he's currently interested in.
“Even when I was living on the streets, I used to look at the Moon for relief. Even now, it gives me peace when I feel stressed,” she says. This is my source of motivation.
Günceleme: 26/11/2022 11:02