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First Latina in Space Takes Over Johnson Space Center

Dr. Ellen Ochoa will this month become the first Hispanic director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, as well as its second female director.

The 54-year-old former astronaut is now responsible for overseeing approximately 13,000 employees at the JSC. She describes her day as being pretty varied.

“A lot of it is understanding what everybody is doing and current issues,” says Ochoa, explaining she has to make sure shuttles are safe and effective, research how they can be made more affordable, and educate about the benefits space travel brings to people here on Earth.

Via The Mary Sue.