Usually, girls weren't encouraged to go to college and major in math and science. My high school calculus teacher, Ms. Paz Jensen, made math appealing and motivated me to continue studying it in college.

Ellen Ochoa

We are involved in technology development for, you know, missions that we hope to plan that would take us to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

Ellen Ochoa

I think of it as a good opportunity to let, in particular, school kids know that this job and other interesting jobs in science and engineering are open to anyone who works hard in school and gets a good education and studies math and science. And that it's not just for a select group of people.

Ellen Ochoa