Constellation Education

Orion

Visit the Constellation Program education page, your online source for Constellation-related educational materials and information.

› Read more

Constellation Outreach

Constellation Outreach

From speaking to school-age kids to exhibiting at your local state fair, NASA wants to share the story of America's new launch vehicles.

› Read more

Stars of Constellation

    Meet the Faces Behind the Hardware of NASA’s Constellation Program

    NASA’s Constellation Program isn’t just about building the next generation spacecraft, but launching explorers that will help us learn more about our world. Discover the faces behind the hardware that will send humans to the moon and beyond.

Humberto Sanchez

    South Texas Native Helps NASA Reach for the Moon

    Humberto Sanchez

    Title: NASA Engineer

    Origins: Columbus, Wis.

    Academics: University of Texas

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering

    NASA’s Constellation Program is taking the next giant leap --- developing the people, spacecraft and equipment needed to extend our reach beyond low earth orbit to the moon and then beyond. But the leap begins here with people like Humberto Sanchez who is working in Constellation’s Operations and Test Integration (OTI) office.

    Constellation is developing America’s newest space transportation system that will help NASA establish a sustained human presence on the moon as a platform for continued space exploration to Mars and beyond. Sanchez’s role in the OTI office includes contributing to the development of Constellation’s operational and testing requirements.

    Known as “Beto” to his co-workers, Sanchez worked in the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) on “plan, train, fly” for Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. He helped plan shuttle and station missions; then made sure the astronauts were trained for the missions they would fly.

    Born in Columbus, Wis., Sanchez and his family soon moved to the little town of Edcouch, Texas and then again to the nearby town of Harlingen. During high school, Sanchez remembers having teachers who encouraged him and helped him prepare for college. Looking back he says he now realizes his science teachers are what led him to NASA.

    At the University of Texas, Sanchez chose to major in mechanical engineering because it offered him a taste of everything engineering: heat transfer, physics and mechanics.

    He had no plans to work for NASA. Then, after graduation, Sanchez by chance saw a job fair card announcing a visit by NASA recruiters. Sanchez did some research, followed through with an interview, and then drove his beat-up car to Houston.

    Today he’s planning the next mission to the moon: From ground operation to launch and landing.

    “I am currently supporting the Constellation Virtual Mission project. It involves simulating flight exercises to test and validate ground operations in preparation for future missions,” said Sanchez.

    Sanchez realizes that the work he and his team are doing will contribute to the foundation of the Constellation Program. As Sanchez looks forward to the next giant leap for space exploration, he thinks back to the first step taken on the moon decades ago.

    “I remember watching the Apollo 11 mission at my grandmother’s house on a small black and white television,” said Sanchez. “Now, here we are again, striving to go back to the moon. What I really hope for is to be around when we go to Mars. Now that would be awesome!”

    For information about Johnson Space Center, visit:
    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html

Stars Multimedia

Related Links