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Numbers in the News: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. Here are some facts and figures about pioneering Hispanic scientists and engineers.

NASA

978 

The number of hours Ellen Ochoa, the first Latinx woman astronaut, spent orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. 

1995

The year Mexican chemist Mario Molina won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on the ozone layer, which shields Earth from the sun’s powerful rays. 

SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

24% 

Percentage of websites that use CAPTCHA, a test invented by Guatamalan American Luis von Ahn to ensure users are real people and not automated programs. 

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500

Number of plant species discovered by Mexican American botanist Ynés Mexía—50 have been named after her.

THINK ABOUT IT: Research one of the people featured to learn more about their life and work. 

SOURCES: BIOGRAPHY.COM, BUILTWITH.COM 

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