For Women’s History Month, we want honor women who have made a great impact in science and engineering.
Ellen Ochoa is commonly known as the first Hispanic woman to ever travel to space. She is also a pioneer in spacecraft technology.
Ochoa first achieved great success in school. She received a bachelor of science degree in physics from San Diego State University a master of science degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Ochoa became an astronaut in 1991 after being selected by NASA. She primarily worked on flight software, computer hardware and robotics.
Ochoa first went to space in 1993. She was on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery.On this mission, she helped to study the Earth’s ozone layer.
Ochoa has been into space a total of four times. She has spent over 1000 hours in space!
Ochoa still works at NASA, but she no longer participates in spacecraft operations. She is now Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, where she helps to manage and direct the Astronaut Office and Aircraft Operations.
Ellen Ochoa has also pioneered in science technology where she spent most of her time trying to further help space exploration. Her accomplishments in space exploration and technology continue to inspire us all.
Which women in history inspire you?