Contemporary Issues Series: Journey to Space
Born and raised in the North Valley of Albuquerque, Sid Gutiérrez knew at a very early age that he wanted to become an astronaut. Gutiérrez broke boundaries in his field by becoming the first Hispanic to command a space shuttle. He will share his journey from a childhood fascination with machines to becoming a Shuttle Commander and now embarking upon a new career on the cutting edge of space travel.
Sid Gutierrez first entered space as a NASA pilot for the shuttle Columbia and returned as commander of Endeavor. After retiring he returned to Albuquerque to work for Sandia National Labs. He holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and M.A in Management from Webster College. He is now CEO, of Rocket Crafters Inc. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.