Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa, Engineer, Former Astronaut, and Director of the Johnson Space Center. She is the first Hispanic woman to go into space. 

"I was fortunate that women had been members of the astronaut corps for a dozen years when I joined. The astronaut corps has been about 20% women during the time I’ve been at NASA – a higher percentage than women who choose engineering or piloting as their careers but nevertheless a percentage that will hopefully grow larger as more women choose science and engineering fields. In the last 20 years, we’ve seen the first woman pilot and command a Space Shuttle, and the first woman command an International Space Station expedition. There’s no job in the astronaut corps that women haven’t done and continue to do."

"Study math and science in school, and also subjects like English that will give you good communication skills. Learn about many different subjects, follow your interests, set high goals for yourself, and learn the importance of teamwork."

Amazingkids, Photo via Latin Times

 

Bridget Blaise-Shamai

Bridget Blaise-Shamai

Jane Wurwand

Jane Wurwand