Ellen Ocho The World 's First Hispanic Astronaut Essay

859 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Ellen Ochoa was selected by NASA in 1990, making history as the the world’s first Hispanic astronaut in 1991. She is a mission specialist and flight engineer, making her a veteran of four space flights, logging triumphantly more than 950 hours in space. Despite being rejected two times from NASA’s Training Program, Ellen Ochoa pursued her passion and overcame society’s barriers for women to become an astronaut. Her importance in breaking barriers for women and inspiring others is clear in her words: “What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.”

Ochoa’s life involved her rising delight in space exploration. Ellen Ochoa was born on May 10, 1958 and grew up in La Mesa, California. She is the middle child of five. Her Mexican background came to her through her father. Her parents had separated by the time she was in her teens. Neither of her parents had college degrees so the Ochoa children’s initial focus was on obtaining an education (Kelly). Her mother cherished family and education. It was a challenge for Ochoa’s to raise five children as a single parent, but she found time to take college courses in her free time- setting an exemplary example for Ochoa, her three brothers, and sister. It took her 22 years, but she accomplished her goal and received a college degree (Brennan). With their mother as an ideal role model as she guided…

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