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Ellen Ochoa: AP English nonfiction project
Transcript of Ellen Ochoa: AP English nonfiction project
first American female astronaut with a Hispanic heritage her name is (surprise!) Ellen Ochoa The purpose of this book is to support students (especially minority girls) who might want to go into math and science. This book presents Ochoa as a role model, and it stresses that education was the path Ochoa took to become a scientist. This book is part of a series called The Great Hispanic Heritage Ellen Ochoa was born in 1958 as a second-generation American. She was the third of five children. Her parents divorced when Ellen was 12, and Ellen's mother, Rosanne Deardorff, continued raising the children by herself. Ellen was good at math as a child, but was never encouraged to pursue math as a career because she was a girl. After switching majors several times in college, Ochoa finally settled on physics. Ochoa's Early Life Ochoa went to graduate school at Stanford and began to study optics, a branch of electrical engineering that deals with light. She got a Ph.D and began working in optics at Sandia National Laboratories. Her work attracted NASA's attention, and they selected her as an Astronaut Candidate in 1990. Becoming an Astronaut Ochoa went on four successful missions to space. On these missions, Ochoa and the other astronauts conducted experiments and helped to build the ISS (a.k.a. international space station). In 2002, Ochoa became the deputy director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center. This involved dealing with human resources, budget, technical issues and safety as well as overseeing the mission from the ground. Ochoa's work as an astronaut The first mission after Ochoa became deputy director went horribly wrong. The shuttle launched on January 16, 2003. 16 days later, the shuttle tried to land but burned up passing through Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts inside. Ochoa was involved in discovering the cause of the tragedy and taking measures to make space travel safer. Columbia Shuttles Ochoa was On: