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Miguel San Martín was born in Villa Regina (Río Negro province). He fell in love with the sky and space looking from the barquera of the rionegrina chakra where he lived with his family. He attended high school in Buenos Aires and, once he graduated, traveled to the United States for an English course. working at NASA!
Those who know him say that this rionegrino is an example of effort, conviction and passion . Getting to where he is today was not an easy task; he had several falls along the way.
At only 19 years old he emigrated to the United States alone. He had traveled with the aim of staying there for 6 months to take an English course, but he was excited about the idea of staying and starting his university studies in that country.
The first baldazo of cold water had it when he was refused to enter Cornell University in New York. With some nostalgia, he recalls that, in those times, he did not handle English very well and it was difficult for him to fill out the forms. The language barrier was the big obstacle in those early student years.
Finally, he did not end his adventure in that country and decided to try his luck at the University of Syracuse . The rionegrino remembers that he arrived in the city by micro without knowing that he would stay there for several years. Once there, he directly asked for a meeting with a head of admissions, whom he managed to impress with his notes and studies of calculation, physics and electronics . Admission and its passage through that institution opened the doors to the best universities in the world.
With perseverance, he managed to receive himself as an engineer in four years . She then moved to Cambridge (Massachusetts) to study a Master's Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) .
At the age of 26 she fulfilled her dream of getting a job at NASA and never left again. He participated in four space missions and fell in love with the mystery of Mars. He was part of the Mars Pathfinder (1997) missions as Head of Engineering, Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity (2004) and Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity (2012). He was also an advisor on the Topex, Mars Polar Lander, Deep Impact and Phoenix missions.
Recognized worldwide with several awards for his participation in the development of control systems for exploration vehicles, San Martin today lives in San Gabriel (California) alongside his wife and two American daughters. This 2020 is preparing his next mission to Mars and recommends “follow dreams, not lose faith and work hard.” According to their own experience, things do not go through magic , depend on each and require effort and perseverance .
Publication Date: 17/08/2020
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