Tampa, Florida – With amazing asteroid impact images from NASA, tales of adventure and discovery in the jungle, and a five-story-tall IMAX® movie that brings dinosaurs to life, get ready to be transported to one of earth’s most terrifying moments during Cosmic Collisions and Dinosaurs, Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at MOSI.
During this interactive presentation, guests will meet and hear stories from NASA legend Adriana Ocampo, Ph.D. – Dr. Ocampo is a planetary geologist, space program manager, and MOSI’s 2016 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year.
Dr. Ocampo led the team that used satellite images to discover the Chicxulub Crater, an ancient 110-mile-wide impact crater buried beneath Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Most scientists agree the crater was left behind when a rock from space the size of a small city crashed into the earth 66 million years ago. An environmental disaster followed, and the 180-million-year reign of the dinosaurs came to an end.
Since then, on six field expeditions to Mexico, Dr. Ocampo has dug and drilled for samples to confirm the age and importance of the crater.Her work also includes groundbreaking discoveries in space. Dr. Ocampo is NASA's lead scientist for the planet Venus. She also serves as a leader on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, Juno mission to Jupiter, and OSIRIS-REx mission to return a sample from an asteroid to earth.
After her talk, guests will be thrilled by the IMAX® film Dinosaurs Alive! on the 10,500 square foot screen of the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.
Limited tickets are still available for Dr. Ocampo's talk, Cosmic Collisions and Dinosaurs, on Sunday, October 23 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry. The $15 ticket ($10 for MOSI Members) also includes the IMAX® film Dinosaurs Alive! To reserve your seat, visit mosi.org.