“I realized, really for the first time, that people who didn’t even know me were wishing for my success —  hoping to share in the pride of future accomplishments, but even more important, willing to provide encouragement in the face of disappointments. I hope that by sharing my experiences, others will be inspired to set high goals for themselves.”

- Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the first Hispanic woman to go to space.

Check out the in-depth Q&A with Ellen below!

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Badass Scientist of the Week: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa (1958—) is an astronaut, engineer and musician best known as the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ochoa completed her undergraduate degree in physics at San Diego State University in 1975, then went on to achieve her Masters and PhD at Stanford University in electrical engineering. She’s a pioneer of spacecraft technology—she researched optical systems for automated space exploration at the NASA Ames Research Center, and she has co-invented an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method to remove noise from images. In 1990, she was selected by NASA as a mission specialist and flight engineer, and served on her first space flight in 1993: a nine-day mission on the shuttle Discovery, during which the crew conducted atmospheric and solar studies, and Ochoa operated a research satellite in the study of the sun. Ochoa went on to undertake four space flights in total, logging over 950 hours in space. Her assignments while in the Astronaut Office included flight software, computer hardware development, and robotics development, and her awards include NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal (1997), Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995) and Space Flight Medals (2002, 1999, 1994, 1993). Aside from being an astronaut, Ochoa is also a classical flutist and a private pilot, and she currently lives in Texas with her husband and two children, where she serves as Director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

Happy International Women's Day!!!

Some famous women for you:

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, inventor of the compiler.

Dr. Patricia Bath, inventor and pioneer of laser eye surgery.

Kalpana Chawla, first Indian woman in space.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, leaders of the American women’s suffrage movement 

Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic female astronaut 

Margaret Hamilton, with the Apollo 11 mission coding that she wrote 

Jia-Yan Gu, BT research scientist

Laverne Cox, first trans woman on the cover of TIME and the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, philanthropist, and founder of the Volant Charitable Trust 

King Peggielene Bartels, current ruler of Otuam, Ghana

Malala Yousufzai, education advocate and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient to date 

Dame Julie Andrews, actress and inspiration to women everywhere

Emma Watson, actress and women’s right’s activist 

To all the women in the military around the world.

To all the mothers.

 To all women of religious orders.

To all female sex workers.

And to you, the strong, bold, intelligent woman who is reading this. I want you to know that you matter and that you are loved.


Women’s History Month might be drawing to a close, but women’s history itself is being written as we speak.

To link the last 30 days to the next 30 years, we’ve put together a series on some of the women who are making history today over on our @postitforward​ Tumblr. Six ceiling-shattering women from six different fields, six up-close-and-personal interviews, six motion-portrait GIFs from six of our finest female Creatrs.

From left to right, top to bottom: Geena Rocero, Founder of Gender Proud and host of ASPIREist on USA; Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California; Laura Weidman Powers, Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040; Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood; Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director of the National Council on Disability; Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Johnson Space Center.

This is ArtHerstory, Tumblr.

Ellen Ochoa (b. 1958) is an engineer and former astronaut who currently serves as the Director of the Johnson Space Center. During her nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993 she became the first Hispanic woman in space.

She worked at the NASA Ames Research Center and became a pioneer in spacecraft technology, patenting an optical system which detected defects in a repeating pattern. She is a co-inventor on a further four patents. She has logged more than 1000 hours in space during four space flights.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina in space, is now NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC)’s first Latina director!

Born in California, and of Mexican descent, Ochoa is also a classical flutist and practices every morning before heading to work. She says space travel wasn’t always in her plans. It didn’t become a prospect in her life’s agenda until sometime in graduate school, when she says she first started noticing women in the field.

“When the first space shuttle took off in 1981, Sally Ride flew for the first time,” says, Ochoa who was busy getting a PhD to be a research engineer at the time. “Putting that all together with my interest in space is what led me to apply.”

She says the versatility and excitement offered caused her to gravitate towards a career in space.

“You could do research in lots of different areas,” says Ochoa who enjoyed learning about living and working in space, in addition to repairing spacecrafts. “The wide variety of tasks you could do with the space shuttle is something that really interested me.”

On Ryder...

Someone on reddit posted the link between the dog tag with Ryder on it, and the first american woman in space Sally Ride. 

And, of course, Shepard was named for Alan Shepard, the first american man in space. 

How perfect is that? How fucking beautiful is this shit?! 

I can’t being to express how important and special it is to have someone like Ride acknowledged and recognized. And Alan Shepard, and fuck, everyone who’s taken the risk to advance space exploration. But, women in space, minorities in space - fuck yes pay homage to them!  

Someone on that reddit post said they wanted to name their new character Valentina Ryder (after the first woman in space, Valentine Tereshkova). FUckING BRING IT. I’m so ON BOARD FOR THIS SHIT. 

Svetlana Savitskaya , first woman to perform space walk

Judith Resnik , first Jewish-American woman in space, died during the Challenger disaster 

Mae Jemison , first African-American woman in space

Ellen Ochoa , first Hispanic woman in space

Chiaki Mukai , first Japanese woman in space

Kalpana Chawla , first Indian-American woman in space

Someone fight me I can name my character after Sunita Williams, my favorite astronaut, and I know I could have done that before but this is SO DIFFERENT. 



Currently serving as the director of the Johnson Space Center, Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina astronaut. Since her first mission in 1993 - when she ventured out on the shuttle Discovery for nine days to study the Earth’s ozone layer - she has logged nearly 1,000 hours in space.

Holding a degree from Stanford in electrical engineering, Ochoa is also the co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images.


Üşenmedim, ekran görüntüsü aldım ve paylaşıyorum. Yazanın ellerine sağlık. 
Birkaç kadını da ben ekleyeyim.

Stephanie Kwolek, kurşungeçirmez zırhın yapımında kullanılan sert ve dayanıklı maddeyi icat etti. Yıllarca bu materyalin icadı için çalıştı ve molekül dizilimini yarattı. Bu madde ayrıca köprü halatlarında, kasklarda, kayak ve kamp malzemelerinde kullanılıyor.

Alice H. Parker, 1919 yılında bugün evlerimizin ısınmasını sağlayan merkezi ısıtma sistemi üzerine ilk patentini aldı.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa, ilk Latin Amerikalı astronot. NASA’da çalışıyor. Birçok parçanın kalite kontrolünü sağlayan optik analiz sistemi geliştirerek patentini aldı.  

Dr. Patricia Bath, katarakt tedavisi için bir yöntem buldu ve patentini aldı.

Dr. Maria Telkes, bir biyofizikçi ve mühendis olarak yenilenebilir enerji kaynaklarıyla ilgilendi. İlk Güneş enerji sistemini icat etti.


Happy Mothers day! 

In a big number of countries today is mothers day,  so don’t forget to thank your mother for all she has done for you. 

In the top left Chiaki Mukai is supported by her mother during astronaut training. Top right shows Ellen Ochoa with her son on her arm after returning from space. shows. Anna Fisher (bottom left) was the first mother in space with her husband Bill Fisher and their daughter Kristen Ann.  In Bottom right is Paolo Nespoli with his mother, he lost her last year while he was in space.

 FYI: Korolyov, the Chief Designer, was of the opinion that female astronauts should not be mothers in order for them to concentrate on the space program. In China on the other hand, future female astronauts must have given birth naturally, according to china this will ensure that they are mentally and physically prepared for space.   

This week’s Hispanic Heritage Month portrait honors Ellen Ochoa, the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut. 

In 1993, Ochoa flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on a 9-day mission to study solar effects on the Earth’s climate. She logged more than 978 hours in space throughout her career. Listen to Michel Martin’s interview with Ellen Ochoa, “Exploring Space, Unearthing Human Emotions,” on NPR’s Tell Me More.

TBT: Sally Ride’s First Famous Space Flight

On this day in 1983, Sally Ride became America’s first woman in space. 

Since it’s also Throwback Thursday, we decided to look at a 2013 Morning Edition segment where portions of Ride’s 1983 interview and commentary can be heard. 

Her voyage on the Challenger in 1983 inspired the next generation of female astronauts and scientists. Sally is quoted in the interview saying:

“All you need to do is look into the eyes of the kids growing up today. When you mention astronauts, the planets, the space program to them, their eyes just light up. It really captivates them and it ignites something deep inside of all of us.”

In later years, she served as inspiration to the first Latina Astronaut, Ellen Ochoa, and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Pamela Melroy who became the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Following Ride’s death from Pancreatic Cancer in 2012, Michel Martin sat down with these two women to remember Sally and the doors that she opened for young girls.