Raquel Nuno

UCLA, Planetary Scientist, Science Educator

Raquel Nuno is a planetary scientist, science educator, and PhD candidate at UCLA. She works on the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, an instrument onboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. Raquel researches impact cratering processes on the Moon and Mars to better understand ancient Martian climate conditions. A passionate science communicator, Raquel has written dozens of blog posts for NASA’s LRO Camera blog, was featured on popular science podcasts Ologies and Talk Nerdy, and assists with the production of science videos for the YouTube channel Veritasium. She is currently developing a series in which she interviews Apollo astronauts. Raquel shares her life as a scientist and talks excitedly about space exploration with thousands of followers on Instagram as @TheSpaceGeologist. Raquel interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, and served in the US Air Force. Raquel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and Space Physics, and a Master of Science degree in Planetary Geology from UCLA. In her spare time, she is training her two toddlers to become astronauts.