José Hernández Status: Retired 9/7/1962 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 8/29/2009 Last Flight: 8/29/2009 José Moreno Hernández is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. After three years and being turned down eleven times for astronaut training by NASA, Hernández was selected in May 2004. Hernández was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. Launches Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-128 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.