Ellen OchoaStatus: Retired 5/10/1958 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 4/8/1993 Last Flight: 4/8/2002Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer, former astronaut and the current Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in the world to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery.LaunchesSpace Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-56Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-66Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-96Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-110National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationType: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USAThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.