Ellen Ochoa

Famous Hispanic Americans | Ellen Ochoa
Posted on 10/01/2020
Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa became the first female Hispanic astronaut in 1990 and in March of 1993, she made the first of four trips into space. She has spent 978 hours in space. After retiring from spacecraft operations, she became the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Being an astronaut is a wonderful career,” Ochoa says. “I feel very privileged. But what I really hope for young people is that they find a career they’re passionate about, something that’s challenging and worthwhile.”

Learn more: Famous Hispanic Americans: A Proud Heritage by Thea Feldman