A Conversation with Dr. Ellen Ochoa: Celebrating the Power of Curiosity and Discovery

Are you ready to embark on an incredible journey through space and time with Dr. Ellen Ochoa? 

Discovery West had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Ochoa, NASA Astronaut and Former Director of the Johnson Space Center, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of her first mission to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery

In this video collaboration, Dr. Ochoa delves into her captivating experiences and insights, offering a glimpse into what it’s truly like to be part of a rocket launch, why she entered the space program and what excites her about the future of space exploration.

For Dr. Ochoa, being part of NASA’s missions was not just about personal achievement and space exploration but also about paying homage to the trailblazing women who came before her. Now, after 30 years, she herself is a role model for young women and girls in S.T.E.A.M. fields.

At Discovery West, we are proud to have a street in our Bend, Oregon neighborhood named after this shining example of how dreams, determination and a passion for discovery can lead to breaking barriers and inspiring future generations to reach for the stars. 

Let’s celebrate Dr. Ochoa’s achievements and ongoing mission to inspire and educate. Watch the video link above to learn more about Dr. Ochoa’s journey and explore the universe with us!