Francesca Luciana Ferrari Rojas Tijerina Martino, 23, was killed in a traffic accident on Monday, October 19, 2009, in Orlando, Florida. The other driver was at fault and was cited with violating Florida Statute 316.122 vehicle turning left. Legal issues are discussed separately.
She was wearing her Shoei RF-1000 full face helmet, Cortech Adrenaline gloves, leather jacket and Garne Black Rose boots at the time of the accident.
Francesca Martino was nearing graduation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was already an intern at NASA while still taking classes at Embry-Riddle. She had already completed 200 credits when it takes 120 credits to graduate. She was majoring in aerospace engineering, aerospace studies, and minoring in mechanical engineering, mathematics, human factors (ergonomics) and psychology. She was posthumously awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (aka rocket science) on Monday, May 10, 2010.
Articles about her life have already been written at:
|Please share your comments at Legacy Blog||Site donated by the Cooper & Staacke Families|
|Eulogy||Amber S. Gell|
|Her Last Dean's List||Maj Mirmirani, Dean, College of Engineering, ERAU|
|The Ultimate Graduate||Dallas McFadden, coworker at Kennedy Space Center|
|Letter from Robert D. Cabana||Director, Kennedy Space Center|
|Letter from Charles F. Bolden, Jr.||Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|Francesca Poem||Alyssa Nichols|
|Francesca Martino's life was devoted to traveling to space||St. Petersburg Times|
|Eagles Mourn the Loss of Francesca Martino||Embry-Riddle Athletics|
|Student Passes Away In Tragic Accident||Embry-Riddle Student Government Association|
|Francesca Martino: NASA Intern's Astronaut Dreams End Too Soon||Orlando Sentinel|
|In Memory of Francesca Martino||Blog Spot|
|Motorcycle News Blog||Ride 850|
|Sigma Sigma Sigma Remembers a Sister's Life||Embry-Riddle Avion Newspaper|
|NASA Latina Intern Astronaut Wanted To Go To Mars||Gerald Maxey|
|Francesca in Endeavour Cockpit||NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Alma de Estrella||Hope Orozco|
|Francesca's Last Resume (10/5/2009)||Francesca Martino|
Feel free to post publicly on any of the blogs above, or you may send a private email to Richard Martino.
A memorial fund has been established to pay her college debts
and to help other students studying the arts and sciences.
Donations will be accepted at the:
From the monies donated to this fund, we have been awarding the annual Francesca Luciana Martino Memorial Scholarship at St. Petersburg Catholic High School from which Francesca graduated in 2004. This scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to the member of the graduating class who exudes a passion for mathematics as a tool to design and complete engineering projects. Inscribed on the plaque is one of Francesca's favorite quotations:
|Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.|
The students who have been awarded this scholarship are:
|2011||Christina Ann Kathleen Lahiff|
|2014||David Allen Weck|
|2015||Kelly Anne Burke|
|* 2016||Brooke Delaney Papa|
|2017||Jake Digby Friske|
|2018||Denielle Kirk Lauron Abaquita|
* In 2016, Francesca's mother, Cecilia Tijerina Martino died. Because of the extra donations to the Francesca Martino College Fund, we are increasing this award to $1,250 per year.
Martino family history
Ghizzoni family history