Born in Los Angeles Ellen was the first Hispanic woman on the planet to go into space. Ellen received her bachelor’s in physics from San Diego State and then went on to get a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Ellen chose an engineering degree because she was told that it was not a field for women. While she was at Stanford University she played the flute in the orchestra.
In addition to being an astronaut, she is listed as a co-inventor on three different patents. Her specialty is optics. More specifically she developed ways to allow computers to see.
Doctor Ochoa became an astronaut in 1991 and has since spent more thank 978 hours in space. She is currently the director of flight crew operations at Johnson Space Center.
Looking for a space adventure? Check out these books:
- Red Shirts by John Scalzi. I love this cleverly written book. I can’t write too much more otherwise I will give it away.
- Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy Because you should always be prepared for a random trip to outer space…don’t forget your towel.
- Divergent A future world where a young girl breaks the rules that are put in place fo them.