It's fun to work the robotic arm in part because it's really a team effort.

-Ellen Ochoa
Ellen Ochoa

I'm not trying to make every kid an astronaut, but I want kids to think about a career and the preparation they'll need.

Ellen Ochoa
Being an astronaut is a wonderful career. 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.
Ellen Ochoa

Congratulations. You've just added a new part of the station.

Ellen Ochoa
I don't know of any issues associated with alcohol before flight. Ellen Ocho
Ellen Ochoa

I realized how important it was to know something about aviation, and it was something I was interested in, so I followed my brother's footsteps and obtained my pilot's license.

Ellen Ochoa
Astronauts are very professional and when they're preparing for launch, they prepare for it as the most serious endeavor of our lives.
Ellen Ochoa

We are involved in technology development for, you know, missions that we hope to plan that would take us to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

Ellen Ochoa
Usually, girls weren't encouraged to go to college and major in math and science. My high school calculus teacher, Ms. Paz Jensen, made math appealing and motivated me to continue studying it in college.
Ellen Ochoa

I think of it as a good opportunity to let, in particular, school kids know that this job and other interesting jobs in science and engineering are open to anyone who works hard in school and gets a good education and studies math and science. And that it's not just for a select group of people.

Ellen Ochoa
That's what we want to do here at Johnson Space Center. I think what we have always brought to NASA and brought to the country is trying to push the boundaries, trying to go to the next level.