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Planet Jupiter gets a visit from Juno

Adriana Ocampo

Three weeks ago the NASA "Juno" spacecraft as Juno (named after the Roman goddess, who was Jupiter’s wife, and who could see through the clouds) headed to Jupiter. This spacecraft is roughly the size of a basketball court and is equipped with three Lego crew members. According to CNN, since the scientists succeeded, solar-powered Juno will spend the next 20 months circling Jupiter and giving us more information about the gas giant, and in turn, hopefully more insight about our universe.

Colombian-born Adriana Ocampo played an instrumental part in reaching this milestone. As the science project manager at NASA, she’s worked on Juno for more than 10 years. At a time when Latinas are less likely than other women to go into science, technology, mathematics, and engineering careers, Ocampo’s trailblazing ways serve as inspiration. “I was raised to believe you could do anything you wanted with effort, time, and persistence,” she said, according to Geek Squad. “It didn’t matter if you were a girl. It is the dream of every child to play in the dirt. We geologists get to do it for real. We don’t explore places; we explore time, way back in the past. It’s written in the rocks.”

The Dominguez Dream (TDD) applauds Ocampo's efforts in helping Juno reach Jupiter. TDD is proud to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs in our schools, which will help develop future NASA scientists!

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