Dr. Adriana Ocampo, Lead Scientist for NASA’s New Horizon program, arrives in Argentina to coordinate a team of approximately 25 scientists to observe Asteroid MU69. The observations will provide important data about Asteroid MU69 in preparation for the New Horizons spacecraft to fly by the asteroid in January 2019. Observing the asteroid will provide NASA with important data, including information on the asteroid size, surface reflection, and whether or not the asteroid might have small moons. This information is considered critical to ensuring mission success because it will help mitigate risk to the New Horizons spacecraft as it flies by the asteroid in 2019.
ADRIANA C. OCAMPO URIA
Adriana C. Ocampo Uria is Science Program Manager at NASA Headquarters, and New Frontiers lead program executive. New Frontiers includes the Juno mission to Jupiter, the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the recently selected asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-REx. Ms. Ocampo is also the lead Venus scientist responsible for NASA’s collaboration with ESA’s Venus Express mission, JAXA’s Venus Climate Orbit and the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG), which develops strategic plans and assessments for the exploration of this planet.