The answer to why dinosaurs became extinct after dominating the earth for hundreds of millions of years may be in the Chicxalub crater off the coast of Yucatan, and geologist Adriana Ocampo is part of the Mexico/USA scientific consortium looking for clues. What Adriana and her associates find could have a profound effect on our knowledge of how certain species become extinct, and the implications this may hold for human kind. Adriana born in Colombia, became associated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, beginning as a high school student in 1973. She has worked on some of NASA's exploratory probes to the planets. During the Viking mission, she helped plan observations of the moons of Mars, and she was on the navigation and planning team for the Voyager mission to the outer planets of our solar system. Adriana continues her scientific work while recognizing the value of lifelong learning through her post-graduate education.
The stereotype of a Latino is "weak in math", the stereotype of a woman is "weak in math". Before me stood Adriana who defied the stereotype and plots courses for satellites for a living. It was a no-brainer, a satellite should be the background. The same light that lit the satellite was used for her in this photograph.