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Astronaut Ochoa to Visit Pasco School Dedicated in Her Name

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PASCO, Wash. -- Pasco's Ochoa Middle School is scheduled to get a special visitor Thursday morning: the person the school was named after.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa is a NASA astronaut and veteran of three space missions. She is also the world's first female hispanic astronaut.  This will be her third visit to the school since it was dedicated in her name in 2002.

School administrators say they would like to have her there every three years so every student gets a chance to meet her. Ochoa will be visiting classrooms through out the day and there will be a program for students and their families Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.

Ochoa is also an accomplished flute player and will join the school's band to play its fight song.

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