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October 13, 2016 AT 12:30 am

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Adriana Ocampo #HispanicHeritageMonth

Adafruit NationalHispanic Heritage Month blog

As part of our ongoing coverage of National Hispanic Heritage Month, today we are celebrating Adriana Ocampo, planetary geologist from Colombia.

Adriana Ocampo is a Colombian planetary geologist and the Science Program Manager at NASA Headquarters. Her research led to the discovery of the Chicxulub impact crater. She has led six research expeditions to the Chicxulub impact site. Ocampo and her colleagues also discovered the Aorounga Crater Chain in Chad in 1996…

…Ocampo began her career in planetary science first as a volunteer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) during high school and during the summer and throughout college as an employee. She has worked on a number of NASA planetary science projects, including the Juno mission to Jupiter, the New Horizons mission to Pluto, and the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid sample return mission. She is also the lead scientist responsible for NASA’s collaboration with the European Space Agency’s Venus Express mission and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Venus Climate Orbiter mission.

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