- 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
- 0531167836 :
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Space rocks : the story of planetary geologist Adriana Ocampo
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Call number: Y 559.909 Ho
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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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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