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Mexico’s dynamic female astronaut urges lakeside youth to shoot for the stars

On June 4, 2022, Katya Echazarreta became the first Mexican woman to fly into outer space.

pg3aOn Friday, January 13 she became the first Mexican celebrity to take the stage at the newly refurbished auditorium in Ajijic, the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera.

Petite in stature, now a giant in the nation’s scientific hall of fame, Echazarreta addressed a standing-room-only audience primarily composed of nearly 400 lakeside area students. The essence of  message to local youth: literally or figuratively, shoot for the stars.

Following an introduction as the guest of Chapala Mayor Alejandro Aguirre and his first lady Erika Torres Herrera, the program opened with a short video about Echazarreta’s experience as a Space for Humanity Ambassador aboard the Blue Origin NS-21 mission. The 27-year-old astronaut then spoke for close to one hour, oozing both self-confidence and modesty while recounting her life story and aspirations for the future.

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