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Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa is an American astronaut who was born on May 10, 1958, in California. Before she became an astronaut, Ochoa worked as a physicist at Sandia National Labs.

Ochoa became an astronaut in 1991. She has spent over 484 hours in space on two spacecraft.

In 1993, Ochoa flew aboard STS-56. The crew studied the Earth's atmosphere for 9 days. In 1994, she flew aboard STS-66. During this flight, the crew studied the Sun and how it affects the Earth's climate.


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