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Space Ticos: Two Costa Ricans make headlines at NASA

May 13, 2019

Students at Stoney Nakoda Elementary School in Alberta, Canada had a special guest lecturer during a recent class.

As part of a space-themed lesson, the class spoke with Alfredo Valverde Salazar, a Tico who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Photo via Doug Callow.

The kids also met Bruce Callow, author of the book “To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA.” Callow works as a communications consultant and teacher who does space education outreach work on behalf of NASA.

Tico Andres Mora, who works at NASA’s Ames Research Center, also spoke to Stoney Nakoda Elementary students recently, according to Callow.

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Three of NASA’s four science sections are led by women for the first time in the organization’s history.

That’s thanks in part to Tica Sandra Cauffman, who is acting director of the Division of Earth Sciences at NASA.

Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s president, tweeted in support of Cauffman.

“She is proof that Costa Rica is capable of training great professionals who then go out into the world to shine and put our flag on high,” Alvarado wrote.

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