Ellen Ochoa's Extraordinary NASA Career : Short Wave Ellen Ochoa didn't get picked the first time she applied to become an astronaut--nor the second. But she eventually went to space four times. In this excerpt from the podcast Wisdom from the Top, host Guy Raz talks to Ochoa about how she became an astronaut and her career at NASA. Here is a link to the entire interview, in which they cover a lot of ground--from her love of calculus and physics to shaping NASA culture: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/07/1062084978/nasa-ellen-ochoa

Ellen Ochoa's Extraordinary NASA Career

Ellen Ochoa's Extraordinary NASA Career

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1064774519/1065345758" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-110 flight engineer, dons a training version of the full-pressure launch and entry suit prior to a training session at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Suit technician Andre Denard assists Ochoa. STS-110 took place in April, 2002 and was the 13th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station (ISS). NASA hide caption

toggle caption
NASA

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-110 flight engineer, dons a training version of the full-pressure launch and entry suit prior to a training session at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Suit technician Andre Denard assists Ochoa. STS-110 took place in April, 2002 and was the 13th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA

Ellen Ochoa didn't get picked the first time she applied to become an astronaut--nor the second. But she eventually went to space four times. In this excerpt from the podcast Wisdom from the Top, host Guy Raz talks to Ochoa about how she became an astronaut and her career at NASA. Here is a link to the entire interview, in which they cover a lot of ground--from her love of calculus and physics to shaping NASA culture:

Ochoa talks about how inspiring Sally Ride was to her - check out this Short Wave about Sally Ride's legacy.

We welcome your thoughts and comments at ShortWave@npr.org.

This story was edited and produced for Short Wave by Gisele Grayson and James Sparber.