Women’s History Month: Ellen Ochoa

12 03 2011

For Women’s History Month, we want honor women who have made a great impact in science and engineering.

Ellen Ochoa

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?

International Women’s Day

8 03 2010

Today is International Women’s Day, meaning we celebrate women’s achievements throughout history.

One well-known and admirable woman is Marie Curie.
She was the first woman to be honored with a Nobel Prize and the first person to ever receive two Nobel Prizes. She is also the only woman awarded with two Nobel Prizes. Curie won the first prize for her work
with physics and the second for her work with chemistry.  Curie isn’t just an inspiration because of her awards, but also because she was a woman at the forefront of science when it was not commonly accepted for women to be working in science.

To learn about other inspiring women, look at our posts on Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison. To see some of the Museum’s girl scientists from Girls Explore Science Camp, click here.


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