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Meet Nina Poot: the first person from Bacalar to participate in a NASA international program

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Nina Poot returned from the NASA international program in the United States, becoming the first person from Bacalar ever to do so.

A student from a university in Bacalar, Nina Poot, managed to enter the NASA international student program. To pay for the airfare, she even sold food on the streets of the municipality, which generated citizen solidarity.

The young woman was selected to participate in the international program for students, due to her level of achievement, but since she could not afford the plane ticket, she began selling food in different parts of Bacalar, to obtain the necessary resources to finance the trip.

He even had to carry out the famous “coin kilometer” in Bacalar, which, together with support from the State Government, the Bacalar City Council, the ranchers’ association, and other members of the community, allowed her to obtain the necessary resources to fulfill her dream of being a part of a NASA program.

At the Rocket Center, I had the opportunity to participate in different activities and meet people who have impacted my perception of life and society. I piloted a single-engine airplane, attended lectures given by aerospace engineers and an astronaut, and with my team, we won third place in the competition, thanks to a proposal to protect astronauts with a barrier of hydrated calcium silicate nanoparticles. I also interacted with young people from India, Spain, the United States, El Salvador, Paraguay, and colleagues from various states of Mexico”.

Nina Poot,

She even pointed out that she is proud of her Maya heritage and last name, and that she was the first Bacalar native to reach this NASA program, with the support of the society that showed great solidarity with her.

I felt a lot of pride in belonging to Bacalar, Quintana Roo and Mexico. Today I have to return to my country, to my classes at the University and to continue preparing myself so that, when the time comes, I have to repay them for everything they have done for me,.

Nina Poot,

TYT Newsroom

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