(CNN) - Jose Hernandez has been around the world more than 200 times. Next week, he'll make a much shorter - but significant - trip.
Hernandez, an astronaut and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, will carry the Olympic torch in England on Monday.
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He is a candidate for California's 10th Congressional District and is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Denham.
Hernandez is part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's 38 "Red to Blue" list, a collection of races nationwide that Democrats are making special efforts to win from Republican hands.
His candidacy is also supported by several labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
As an astronaut, he flew in 2009 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, which orbited earth 217 times and traveled to the International Space Station.
Hernandez and nine others will carry the torch through Bletchley, England.
He will be joined by a 13-year-old girl who competes despite a cyst in her knee, a 15-year-old badminton Olympic hopeful from the Bletchley area, a 19-year-old who created an environmental education center, and two people in their 50s who fundraise for disease and cancer research, among others.
Some 8,000 people are carrying the torch across the United Kingdom this spring and summer.
The London Olympics open on July 27.