Latino Engineer Heads NASA Program

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Growing up, Texas native Eddie Zavala, dreamed that maybe one day he could be an astronaut or an engineer.

But the Mexican-American never imagined he'd one day be heading a program for NASA at the space agency's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in California..

"When I was a boy the first approach I had to NASA was through a mission I saw on television, the Apollo-Soyuz mission," Zavala said, referring to the 1975 joint U.S.-Soviet space venture.

According to Fox News Latino, the engineer has been in charge of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program since 2012.

"The SOFIA program provides a space where the scientific community can work," he said.

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