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Ellen Ochoa
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    (May 10, 1958- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    First Hispanic woman to go to launch into space (Space Shuttle Discovery mission, April 8-17, 1993)
    Selected by NASA in 1990
    Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston (appointed December 31, 2012)
    Her middle initial is O too (so saying her full name its 'O! Ochoa!')
    Her first application to NASA was denied.
    She admitted that she wasn't interested in aerospace science until grad school (she initially went to college for journalism).
    She once wished one of her kids a happy birthday over a video chat call from outer space.
    She was raised by a single mother and is one of five kids.
    She is a renowned flutist who has performed for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
    She is an accomplished inventor who holds three different patents in optical systems and robotics.
    She was in Mission Control during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
    She logged nearly 1000 hours in space.
    She is the first Hispanic-American and second woman to head the Johnson Space Center, in addition to being the first Latina astronaut to go into space.
    She said 'I feel very privileged. But what I really hope for young people is that they find a career they’re passionate about, something that’s challenging and worthwhile.'

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