By Daniella Mora, CNN
(CNN) – Your name up in the sky and among the stars. Sounds like something out of a glamorous Hollywood movie, but it’s a reality for 27 space explorers.
The new names honor African American, Hispanic and Native American astronauts, and one cosmonaut to inspire the next generation.
Marc W. Buie, an astronomer who discovered the 27 asteroids, told NASA it was “an honor and a privilege to name these asteroids in recognition of fellow space explorers while also adding to the message of the power and value of diversity for all human endeavors.
“Before, these asteroids were originally named in relation to their position in space, but now José Hernández gets to look up knowing that his asteroid, (122554) Joséhernández, is in orbit.