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Dr. Ochoa joined NASA in the early 1990s as an astronaut; she participated in 4 space missions:
Dr. Ellen Ochoa is also an inventor and holds 3 patents. Before becoming an astronaut, Dr. Ochoa worked at Sandia National Labs and NASA Ames Research Center where she developed optical recognition systems, computer hardware, and robots. Dr. Ochoa got her MS & Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University.
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As an astronaut, Dr. Lu spent 206 days in space, as part of the following missions:
Dr. Lu is Chairman of the B612 Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to build, launch and operate the first privately funded deep space mission: a telescope to be placed in orbit around the Sun. The telescope will map our inner solar system to better track the trajectories of Earth-crossing asteroids. The goal is to reduce the risk of catastrophic collisions as happened in 1908 in Tunguska.
Dr. Lu did his undergraduate work in EE at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Our Interview with Dr. Lu will be broadcast in March, 2013.
KZSU celebrated the 4th of July with a program about American Satellites. We interviewed Space Systems Loral, the world's
leading commercial satellite manufacturer. SSL has been manufacturing satellites here in Palo Alto since 1957; since then they
have delivered more than 250 satellites to government and commercial customers. In 1989, SSL was honored by a visit from President George Bush and in this show we included parts of President Bush's talk at SSL (courtesy of President Bush's Library and Museum).
We interviewed Mr. David Bernstein, SSL's Senior VP for Program Management and Ms. Wendy Lewis, Communications Director at SSL. Mr. Bernstein discussed how satellites are designed, manufactured, assembled, tested and launched. We also talked about how technology has changed the satellites industry and we found out why satellites orbit in the geostationary belt in space. Mr. Bernstein gave us some examples of the new satellites that SSL is building for its customers around the globe. We also found out how students can apply for internships and how schools can participate in SSL's educational outreach program. This interview will be broadcast on KZSU on July 1, 2015 and is available from this link.