Dr. Ellen Ochoa joined NASA in 1988 and in 1993 she became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. Ochoa is a private pilot. And she is a classical flutist. She even played her flute aboard the space shuttle.
Ochoa often travels to schools to speak to students about her experiences in space. She encourages them to set big goals. "Don't be afraid to reach for the stars," she says. "I believe a good education can take you anywhere on Earth and beyond."