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15 Famous Ellen Ochoa Quotes (NASA ASTRONAUT)

Top 9 Most Famous Ellen Ochoa Quotes – The First Hispanic Woman to Go to Space

“What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire – the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.”

Ellen Ochoa
I'll tell you, being involved in human space flight, it is an emotional endeavor. I think it brings in the highest highs and the lowest lows.
I’ll tell you, being involved in human space flight, it is an emotional endeavor. I think it brings in the highest highs and the lowest lows.
Astronauts are very professional and when they're preparing for launch, they prepare for it as the most serious endeavor of our lives.
Astronauts are very professional and when they’re preparing for launch, they prepare for it as the most serious endeavor of our lives.
I'm honored to be recognized among generations of astronauts who were at the forefront of exploring our universe for the benefit of humankind.
I’m honored to be recognized among generations of astronauts who were at the forefront of exploring our universe for the benefit of humankind.
Being an astronaut is a wonderful career. I feel very privileged.
Being an astronaut is a wonderful career. I feel very privileged.
What I really hope for young people is that they find a career they're passionate about, something that's challenging and worthwhile.
What I really hope for young people is that they find a career they’re passionate about, something that’s challenging and worthwhile.
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.
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.
The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents.
The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents.

“That’s what we want to do here at Johnson Space Center. I think what we have always brought to NASA and brought to the country is trying to push the boundaries, trying to go to the next level.”

Ellen Ochoa

6 Inspirational Ellen Ochoa Quotes on the Importance of Education

I tell students that the opportunities I had were a result of having a good educational background. Education is what allows you to stand out.
I tell students that the opportunities I had were a result of having a good educational background. Education is what allows you to stand out.
I hope to continue to inspire our nation's youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math so they, too, may reach for the stars.
I hope to continue to inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math so they, too, may reach for the stars.

“This was the last astronaut job that was not (yet) done by a woman. Now with this milestone we can focus on the fact that what is important to succeed in life, it does not matter whether you are a man or a woman.”

Ellen Ochoa

“Usually, girls weren’t encouraged to go to college and major in math and science. My high school calculus teacher, Ms. Paz Jensen, made math appealing and motivated me to continue studying it in college.”

Ellen Ochoa

“I was always drawn to teachers who made class interesting. In high school, I enjoyed my American and English literature classes because my teachers, Jeanne Dorsey and Dani Barton, created an environment where interaction was important.”

Ellen Ochoa

“A hallmark of the Latino community is to help one another, if students are interested in a way to give back and help their communities, becoming a teacher is probably one of the very best ways of doing that.”

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa Short Biography

Born 10 May 1958, in Los Angeles, California, United States, Ellen Ochoa is an American astronaut, the first Hispanic woman in space, and the first Hispanic director of the Johnson Space Center.

Ochoa graduated in 1980 from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in physics. And in 1981 and 1985 earned her Master’s in Science and Ph.D. respectfully, for Electrical Engineering.

She was chosen to become a NASA astronaut in July 1991. Ochoa became part of NASA Astronaut Group 13.

In April of 1993, she was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle DiscoveryIt was during this mission that she became the first Hispanic woman in space.

In the course of her time with NASA, she was also working in Mission Control when the news of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster came in and was one of the first people who were informed of the failed mission.

Ochoa became director of the Johnson Space Center in 2013 and retired from the position 5 years later.

As of July 2020, Ellen Ochoa is currently a board member of the National Science Board.

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