BROOKLYN, NY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HITN-TV, Spain’s leading media source for educational and cultural programming in the Spanish language, today announced that it will participate in the global event World Space Week 2022 from October 4-10, 2022 (www.hitn. tv/spaceweek /) to benefit Hispanic youth in the United States. HITN will offer a slate of space-themed content through its TV, digital and community outreach initiatives. The programming will be available in 40 million homes across the country via HITN-TV, as well as on its TV Everywhere app HITN GO.
Participating in World Space Week 2022 aligns deeply with HITN’s mission to advance the educational, cultural, and socioeconomic aspirations of Hispanic Americans. The goal is to inspire younger generations of Latinos to explore careers in science and technology by making space-focused content and information for families entertaining and accessible.
Pew Research found that even though Hispanic adults make up 17% of the U.S. workforce, they fill only 8% of available jobs in STEM fields. Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services for HITN, said, “Responding to the need for increased awareness of opportunities and careers in space has fueled HITN’s desire to be an active participant in Global Space Week. from space. By showcasing the wonders of space and scientific exploration, we provide Hispanics with a better understanding of career paths and opportunities in space-related fields – many of which take place here on Earth.
HITN’s World Space Week initiatives are designed to spark curiosity and give families a starting point for meaningful conversations about getting involved in space-related fields.
Coordinated by the World Space Week Association (WSWA), with the support of the United Nations, World Space Week is a global initiative that has existed for more than 20 years and serves as an international celebration of the contributions that science and technology have made to improving the human condition. In 2021, more than 6,000 events were organized in more than 96 countries.
Special programming from HITN-TV and HITN GO for World Space Week includes:
- The Sun: Inferno in the Sky (Tuesday, October 4, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET / PT; Monday, October 10, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET / PT): features the latest developments in solar science, including solar storms and their impact on Earth’s climate and electrical systems.
- The Moon: Our Gateway to the Universe (Wednesday, October 5, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/PT): explores the latest and most dramatic scientific advances that shed light on the Moon’s most enduring mysteries.
- Mission 50-51 – From ISS to Mars: Space, Earth’s Future (Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/PT; Saturday, October 8, 10 p.m. ET/PT ): highlights the high-speed experiments and explorations conducted by international Space Station scientists in preparation for future extended missions such as the one to Mars.
- Zenith: Advances in Space Explorations: The Earth & the Future (Friday, October 7, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/PT; Sunday, October 9, 10 p.m. ET/PT): focuses on exponential advances in space research and the technology behind new discoveries.
- See You on the Moon: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (Saturday, October 8, 8 p.m. ET/PT): a two-part documentary that highlights the scientists and engineers who made the Apollo missions possible through their innovation, sacrifice and spirit.
- Super Smash (Sunday, October 9, 9 p.m. ET/PT): highlights the growing problem of space waste (debris from orbit, missiles and satellites) and how it affects the success of space research. The program also covers ingenious inventions that can clean up space junk and make space missions safer.
Renowned biologist and conservationist Rosa Vásquez Espinoza will host HITN’s World Space Week shows. Vasquez is the founder of MicroAmazon, a multidisciplinary project focused on exploring the still unknown universe of extreme natural environments. Its inclusion provides aspiring Hispanic scientists with another role model as they learn about career paths and educational options to pursue their potential STEM careers.
“During this series of special programming, HITN’s goal is to take viewers to a place they’ve never been before and open their eyes to all that is possible,” said Erika Vogt- Lowell, director of programming and acquisitions for HITN. “Having Rosa Vásquez Espinoza on board for World Space Week provides the added benefit of representation, as we showcase the success of a Hispanic scientist to the many future scientists who tune into our space week programming.”
As part of its community outreach efforts for World Space Week, HITN will host webinars hosted by Rosa Vásquez Espinoza, featuring international experts discussing exciting topics such as aerospace missions, climate change, careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and their impact on our community, among others. Middle and high schools are invited to join the one-hour webinars and participate in the question-and-answer sessions specially created for their students. Schools can register at https://hitn.tv/spaceweek/webinars/.
The English webinar will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET. Expert panelists include: Antonia Jaramillo (NASA Public Affairs Specialist); Lili Villarreal (EAGS Operations Flow Manager at NASA); and Paula do Vale Pereira (assistant professor of space systems and aerospace engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology).
The Spanish webinar will take place on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET. Expert panelists include: Sasha Sims (EGS Chief of Staff at NASA); Tomás Ahumada (Scientist, PhD Astronomy); Luis Henry Quiroga-Núñez, (assistant professor of astrophysics in the department of aerospace, physics and space sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology).
World Space Week is meant to be an educational experience about space and science for everyone, including the youngest members of the family. HITN will extend this initiative to EDYE, its premium SVOD service designed for preschoolers, available in the US and Latin America (www.edye.com). A variety of episodes from several world-renowned series featuring space-related content will be made available to all platform users during the week of October 4-10, along with an educational guide for parents that can be used to spark conversations with their children. about the fascinating world of space and beyond.
For more details on HITN’s World Space Week initiatives, please visit www.hitn.tv/spaceweek/.
HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programs for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.