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

-Ellen Ochoa
Ellen Ochoa

I'll tell you, being involved in human space flight, it is an emotional endeavor. I think it brings in the highest highs and the lowest lows.

Ellen Ochoa
I was born in 1958, the same year NASA was established, which I like to think of as not a coincidence. I was 11 when they landed on the moon, Apollo Eleven. And, of course, everybody in the whole world was watching that. But I can tell you, at that time, nobody ever asked a girl, 'Is that something you want to grow up and do?'
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
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

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
This was the last astronaut job that was not (yet) done by a woman. Now with this milestone we can focus on the fact that what is important to succeed in life, it does not matter whether you are a man or a woman.
Ellen Ochoa

I was always drawn to teachers who made class interesting. In high school, I enjoyed my American and English literature classes because my teachers, Jeanne Dorsey and Dani Barton, created an environment where interaction was important.

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

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

Ellen Ochoa
The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents.