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  • Published: New York : Washington, D.C. : F. Watts ; J. Henry Press, c2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Description: ix, 118 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 27 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0531167836 :
  • 9780531167830

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Space rocks : the story of planetary geologist Adriana Ocampo

by Hopping, Lorraine Jean.

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Los sueños (dreams) -- Here's a dangerous thought -- Welcome to NASA -- A genuine engineer -- Visions of Mars -- School of hard rocks -- Ring around the crater -- Heavy impact -- Space, revisited -- "I am from Earth".

An engaging biography of the woman who dreamed of space exploration and became a planetary geologist.

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Is there imagination in science?

Hi, I'm the author and invite you to peek behind the scenes and learn a little more about Adriana Ocampo here: http://www.hoppingfun.com/space_rocks_37945.htm The first chapter is called "dreams" for good reason.

Adriana Ocampo grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 1960s—the dawn of the Space Age—dreaming about flying to the moon. As a young girl, she used her imagination to transform the rooftop of her townhouse into a launch pad for after-school adventures. Odds and ends from her mother's kitchen and her father's electrical workshop became a rocket ship and an elaborate lunar colony, complete with domed habitats, a greenhouse, an oxygen lab, and a centipede-shaped moon rover. Her dog

The reality? Argentina was thousands of miles from a real space center. Yet, by age 15, with limited English skills, Adriana landed a job as a technical aide at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), the NASA center that hurls robotic spacecraft all over the solar system. That giant step lead to a lifelong career in space exploration.

Today, Adriana Ocampo works at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Enjoy her story! —Lorraine Jean Hopping

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