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Ellen Ochoa 1958–
First Female Hispanic Astronaut

Ellen Ochoa grew up in La Mesa, California. She worked hard in school. Her favorite subjects were math and science. Ochoa went to college and then became a scientist.

Ochoa wanted to be an astronaut. An astronaut is a person who is trained to work or travel in outer space. In 1990, she was the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut. Ochoa went on four space flights. On the first flight, her job was to study the sun. She used a machine called a satellite to take pictures of the sun.

Ellen Ochoa thinks it is important to work hard for what you want. She visits schools and tells children that they can become anything if they study hard in school.

Comprehension Check

What did Ellen Ochoa do on her first space flight?

Critical Thinking

Why do you think Ellen Ochoa visits schools and talks to kids?