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Colombian Diana Trujillo is now NASA flight director and will oversee the Artemis mission to the Moon

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Inspiring story of an immigrant who leaves a mark on NASA 7:35 (CNN Spanish) – Colombian engineer Diana Trujillo continues to succeed at NASA. As announced on Thursday by the United States space agency, Trujillo will be flight director and will supervise the missions to the International Space Station and the Artemis mission to the Moon, among others.
Trujillo, born in Cali, in the southwest of Colombia, is part of the new cohort of flight directors along with Heidi Brewer, Ronak Dave, Chris Dobbins, Garrett Hehn, Nicole McElroy and Elias Myrmo. “In this role, these individuals will lead teams of flight controllers, research and engineering experts, and support personnel around the world, making the real-time decisions that are critical to keeping NASA astronauts safe in space.” NASA explains in a statement. “Extremely happy to be part of the team surrounded by such amazing humans!” Trujillo reacted on her Twitter account. Extremely happy to be a part of the team surrounded by such incredible humans at @NASAFltDirector @NASA_Johnson @NASA_es @NASA ! https://t.co/m4N8CXP56v – Diana Trujillo (@FromCaliToMars) June 23, 2022 Diana Trujillo’s story: from Cali to Mars Diana Trujillo arrived in the United States when she was only 17 years old. She did not know English and had about US$300 in her pocket. “I didn’t know English and I ended up looking for a way to learn the language, be able to pay for college and eventually study something that was related to the people I saw working at NASA. I worked with a program to get cargo to the Space Station , then Curiosity and now Mars 2020 and sometimes I can’t believe it when I start to think that I had nothing and I didn’t even know the language,” he told CNN in an interview in 2020. “When I came to the United States my goal was to help to mom. To tell you the truth, the first objective was not to starve. I had that very clear in my head that I had to survive, I had to be sure that I had a place to live and where to eat, because I didn’t have no idea about those basic things that were still going to happen and work, learn the language and help mom,” he added. Trujillo was a key member of the team that took NASA’s Perseverance to Mars. “I work with the group that designed and tested the robotic arm and the two instruments called Pixl and Sherloc. Those are the instruments that are going to show us and find out if there was life on the surface of Mars. So my group is the one that it has to show where to put the instrument, do all the research with the instrument and return the information,” he explained about his work at the time. The engineer says that the violence in Colombia led her to look at the stars. “Living in Colombia in the 1980s, where there was a lot of violence, looking into space and looking at the sky, it is something that gives you peace, regardless of where you are. You lie on the floor, look at the stars and the firmament of stars. It’s just spectacular and it’s passive, and you don’t see the stars hitting each other. So I always wondered how does that work, how can stars, planets coexist together and not have chaos? And that’s where it started for me,” Trujillo said.

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