Space Rocks: The Story of Planetary Geologist Adriana Ocampo

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Adriana Ocampo grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dreaming about exploring planets. She never doubted that all her dreams would come true someday. How did Adriana land a job with NASA, the U.S. space agency, while still in her teens? How did a robot parked on Mars make her fall in love with rocks?and instantly decide to become a planetary geologist? Adriana?s imagination and can-do attitude have led her to a life of science adventures. Adriana helped find the missing Crater of Doom, a hole blasted out of Earth ...
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Adriana Ocampo grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dreaming about exploring planets. She never doubted that all her dreams would come true someday. How did Adriana land a job with NASA, the U.S. space agency, while still in her teens? How did a robot parked on Mars make her fall in love with rocks—and instantly decide to become a planetary geologist? Adriana’s imagination and can-do attitude have led her to a life of science adventures. Adriana helped find the missing Crater of Doom, a hole blasted out of Earth by a “killer” space rock 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs died out. Now she’s searching the world for the stuff that came from that crater. Between rock digs she explores other planets through the electronic eyes of NASA’s robotic spacecraft. How did an imaginative young girl with a dream of space exploration become a planetary geologist? Author Lorraine Jean Hopping makes the woman and her science come to life on every page, delighting readers of all ages.
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The slender books in this series examine the lives and research of contemporary female scientists. These women had diverse childhoods, and some had to overcome personal and societal prejudices about their career choices. All, however, have a fervent wish to better understand the world in which they live. Their stories are told through pictures and interviews with colleagues and family members. The existing ten titles in the series describe advancements in astronomy, climatology, robotics, and sociology, among other sciences. Adriana Ocampo grew up in Argentina, fascinated by the stars and planets. When her father moved the family to the United States, she joined an explorers club at her high school, which in turn led to a field trip to NASA. Her enthusiasm for satellite design and interest in geology eventually led to a job. First helping to design a Mars rover, she then got involved in the search for a crater created by a massive asteroid collision that evidently caused mass extinctions in the age of dinosaurs. She now examines photos of distant planets taken by 'fly-by' space probes and is always planning new geological expeditions. This series should spark the curiosity of any reader, but given the recent suggestion from an academic that women do not possess the analytical faculty that men do, the series might encourage female readers to set their sights high. (Women's Adventures in Science). VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Franklin Watts, 118p.; Glossary. Index.Photos. Further Reading., PLB $31.. Ages 11 to 18.
—Kevin Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309095556
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2006
  • Series: Women's Adventures in Science Ser.
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,447,783
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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