Hispanic Heritage Month: Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa at the International Space Station, 2002.

Source: Brittanica

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Tuesday, September 15 – Thursday October 15. To celebrate the many diverse cultures and contributions, Science ATL is highlighting Hispanic/Latino accomplishments in STEM fields.

Meet Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic-American female astronaut. After studying electrical engineering at Stanford University, she took her robotics knowledge and skills to the NASA space program. She made her first trip to space in 1993 and over the next 11 years, Dr. Ochoa had three more space missions and spent more than 1,000 hours in space! She is also a classically trained flutist and the first to play while orbiting the earth at a low altitude.

Read more about Dr. Ochoa’s distinguished career.