FILE PHOTO: STS-96 Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa holds her son, Wilson Miles-Ochoa as she steps off the bus at the Cape Canaveral Air Station Skid Strip June 7, 1999. The STS-96 crew members are preparing to return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, after a successful 10-day mission to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. (photo by NASA)
Ellen Ochoa - While she currently holds the post of Director of the Johnson Space Center, Dr. Ochoa will always be recognized as the first Latina astronaut to go to space; she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993, just two years after the explosion of the shuttle Columbia. She has been to space four times and has logged almost 1,000 hours in orbit. She is also an engineer and a pioneer in the field of spacecraft technology where she is a patent holder of at least three different inventions to date.