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Hispanic Astronaut Inspires High School Students

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  In this handout provided by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the Orion
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: In this handout provided by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the Orion space capsule, along with NASA astronauts Lee Morin, Alvin Drew, Kjell Lindgren, Serena Aunon, Kate Rubins and Mike Massimino pass the presidential viewing stand during the inaugural parade honoring U.S. President Barack Obama January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama was sworn-in for his second term earlier in the day. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Serena Aunon, the second Hispanic woman to become a NASA astronaut, spoke to about 100 Latino high school students Friday to try to spark their interest in science and technology.

"I think the biggest thing to start with is exposure," she said. "Sometimes you just have to plant that seed. You just need to plant one idea."

Aunon's audience was made up of high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state attending the four-day Hispanic College Institute at Virginia State University in Chesterfield County.

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