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Puerto Rican scientist works hard to visit Mars

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Aurora Rivera Arguinzoni / arivera@elnuevodia.com

Dr. Yajaira Sierra Sastre visited two schools in Cataño to talk about her experiences doing research under a NASA program and her dreams to become an astronaut.

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Puerto Rican woman aspires to be the first in space

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NASA chose the young woman from Arroyo, and member of CienciaPR, for a Mars pre-exploration project

Yajaira Sierra Sastre aspires to be the first woman astronaut from Puerto Rico. Her goal is closer at hand now that she has been selected to participate in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-SEAS), an important project financed by NASA to study important aspects of how to sustain astronauts traveling and living in Mars. 

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They'll be cooking up a Mars menu that's out of this world

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Six mock 'astronauts' to research what's best to feed space crew on long missions. Among these researchers is Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, a Puerto Rican nanomaterials scientist and member of Ciencia Puerto Rico. Yajaira has shared with us a recipe of Puerto Rican beans she created with some of the dehydrated ingredients an astronaut would have available in space. You can find her recipe here.

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