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THE HISTORY OF VAYA SPACE
At T-2 minutes during the STS-59 count, the last call to the crew from the orbiter test conductor was:
“Endeavour, close and lock your visors, initiate O2 flow, and ‘Vaya con Dios!’
Vaya Space was created in 2017 by Sid Gutierrez, former Space Shuttle Commander and NASA’s first US-born Hispanic astronaut. He was the pilot on STS-40 and Commander of STS-59.
Although it was highly discouraged to use faith-based statements and not use English, the determined language of Mission Control, after prior coordination with the Commander, rules were broken with a single three-word phrase.
The last words spoken by the Launch Director Bob Sieck to the Crew of the Endeavour before liftoff were “Vaya con Dios” which is a common Hispanic farewell. It translates to “God be with you as you go.”
Meet the Vaya Space Team that is revolutionizing space and is making a difference for humankind.