00:00:00 Rivera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and explains that since he was very young, he was attracted to airplanes and rockets. Rivera explains that he built his toys and they were always related to science. 00:10:00 Rivera attended the University of Puerto Rico where he got a bachelor degree in Physics, a degree that would help him understand the concepts of rocket science and astronomy. Rivera adds that his mother’s kitchen was his laboratory. 00:14:00 Rivera states that he was very lucky to be at the right place at the right time, and while attending Columbia University in New York City, one of his professors offered him an assistant teaching position. 00:22:30 Rivera mentions that in 1972, he was awarded a grant to continue his studies at the University of New Mexico, where he moved to work at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. 00:33:00 In the 1970s Rivera moved to Titusville, FL to work at the Kennedy Space Center. 00:41:00 Rivera remembers that his most rewarding years were when he worked from 1976 until 1984 while at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a scientist and engineer. 00:49:00 Rivera retired from the aerospace field and became a college professor. He currently has a radio program for Orlando listeners.
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