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Rocket scientist

For aerospace mechanical engineer Ariel “Air” Sandberg, 25, the lure of space first took off when she volunteered in middle school for a space exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
“I was in the eighth grade at RMHA,” she smiles, her face framed by a Zoom screen ablaze with a majestic photo of the Earth in low orbit, shadowed by the sun.
During the exhibit, Sandberg’s family reached out to DU and said, “Our daughter is fascinated by space. Can anyone help her?”
Sandberg paired with Naomi Pequette, then in DU’s astronomy department and now at the museum. “It wasn’t a formal mentorship program or anything like that,” she said.
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IJN Senior Writer |

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