Kicking off our Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to talk about different Hispanic women who have contributed to many aspects in the world. From politicians, scientists, artists, to the medical field, Hispanic women have emerged into becoming world leaders and help bring progress. I want to start off my first Women Who Rock National Hispanic Heritage Month with Ellen Ochoa!
Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina to be chosen as an astronaut. She has done four space flights and has almost one thousands flight hours to her credit. Ochoa received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from San Diego State University in 1980, before earning a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. She joined NASA as a research engineer at Ames Research Center in 1988. By 1990, she went on to the Johnson Space center, where she was selected as an astronaut and made her historic trip to space in 1993. In May 2017, she was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. She is currently the director of the Johnson Space center in Houston, being the second woman and first Latina to lead its 13,000 employees.
Ellen Ochoa has helped break barriers in the scientific world. With so many track records, Ochoa has acquired the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest honor, along with several schools named after her. She will continue to break barriers and help change the future of NASA, showing that she is a woman who rocks