Ochoa has achieved two major firsts for the Hispanic community: she was the first Hispanic woman to go to space, the first Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center and is now the first Hispanic woman to be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. She currently serves as the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center. After becoming a United States astronaut in 1991, Ochoa served as a mission specialist on four space shuttle flights and as payload commander on one of those missions. She also has operated the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) three times in her career, once for an eight-hour spacewalk.
Foale was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1987 and later was named mission specialist on three of his six space shuttle missions. He has become the only American citizen to have served on both Mir and the International Space Station (ISS). During his NASA career, Foale became Chief of the Soyuz Branch at Johnson Space Center supporting Soyuz and International Space Station operations.
Today, in a ceremony set beneath Space Shuttle Atlantis® at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, two veteran astronauts were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®. Michael Foale and Ellen Ochoa, each a legend in his and her own right, joined the ranks of 93 prestigious American space heroes who have received the same honor.
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