She is the first Hispanic female astronaut and the second female director for Johnson Space Center. Before she became an astronaut, Ochoa was a researcher at the Energy Department’s Sandia National Lab and the NASA Ames Research Center. She has spent a total of nearly 1,000 hours in space aboard four different missions.
Ochoa also has 3 patents in the area of optical information processing and numerous publications in technical journals.
A neat fact is that she is a classically trained flutist. While studying for her doctorate in electrical engineering, she received the student soloist award from the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.#WomenInSTEM