Salute The Moon
I remember that my mother taught me to salute the moon, and to salute the moon seven times at night.1 And then to see the stars, I used to — but I had a very humble, I mean, attitude.2 I just looked at the stars and that was the only thing.3 And then to meet an astronomer who knew about the stars was really very — it was like a wish that’s being fulfilled.4 And it was important, because in Mexico, there were not so many scientists, as for instance in the United States or in Europe. And so, I was — but he didn’t teach me much, because he didn’t have time to do so, and because he didn’t live in Mexico. He only came to Mexico two days of the week, Guillermo Haro. But it was very important to live next to a scientist and a man who really cared. He really cared for Mexico and he was really very preoccupied or worried about we were importing all our science from the United States. And we thought that — and for him, to do our own science was very important, so he did optics and electronics. Also, all the instruments for astronomy, all the telescopes were made in Mexico, and that was very important, because astronomers — and he sent many young people over to the United States. He appears in all the books next to Hoyle and Hubble and the great American astronomers. But he believed we should do our own science. And in Latin America, the only country that does that is first Argentina, and then Chile.