Ellen Ochoa

Born May 10, 1958

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer, former astronaut and former director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993, Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. She was the first Hispanic director and the second female director of Johnson Space Center.
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“We are involved in technology development for, you know, missions that we hope to plan that would take us to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.”

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