Mexico’s first woman astronaut – level 3
In June 2022, Katya Echazarreta became the first Mexican woman to travel to space when she joined the fifth crew launch of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin. Aged 26, she also became the youngest American to visit space.
Echazarreta was born in the city of Guadalajara, and she moved to the US as a child. She became a role model for people at home in Mexico. However, she was sad to talk to engineers who studied the same degree as her, but their work was to fix mobile phones or wash machines, or they gave up engineering to become paramedics or drivers.
Now, Echazarreta put her career at NASA on pause to work on a bill in Mexico to boost the local aerospace industry. She says Mexico has no legal reference to regulate private companies such as SpaceX or Blue Origin to launch their rockets. Companies can’t launch their rockets in Mexico currently.
Difficult words: role model (someone who others believe is a good example), aerospace industry (companies which develop and make aircrafts or satellites that fly in space), regulate (to control).
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