The Boy Who Reached for the Stars: A Memoir


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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Elio Morillo, the "space mechanic" is a Mars 2020 operations engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Born in Ecuador and raised in Puerto Rico and New York, Elio's experiences have left him passionate about DEI, bringing years of volunteering and organization experience to JPL's Hispanic Employee Resource Group and more recently to its New Researchers and Scientists Group, where he is the current networking chair. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and currently resides in California.


"Heartwarming ... Morillo's wonder at and pride in his experience is infectious ... [The Boy Who Reached for the Stars] is every bit the inspiration he means it to be." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This intimate memoir follows Morillo through a difficult, sometimes treacherous childhood to an adult life as a NASA scientist. Inspiring and joyous." -- People

"Elio traveled from Ecuador to Puerto Rico to NASA to Mars. The story behind his robots reaching another planet is also the guide for everyone of us to aim beyond our atmosphere. It's a personal, humble story of family and engineering. Science and love. But also a blueprint so anybody, especially you, can reach beyond our planet and push harder. No matter who you are. No matter where you were born." -- Freddy Vega, CEO of Platzi

"This memoir is everything I needed to read as a young Latina dreaming of the stars. Elio Morillo not only perfectly conveys the reality many of us face but he also illuminates the way, so those that will come after us will know what's ahead waiting for them." -- Katya Echazarreta, First Mexican-born Woman in Space and Electrical Engineer