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Ellen Ochoa

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Ellen L. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an Hispanic-American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. She was the first Hispanic director and the second female director of Johnson Space Center.