Hi, I’m Raquel

I’m a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA, where I work with Professor David Paige. My research focuses on understanding planetary surface processes, and my current work involves analyzing spacecraft data, astronomical observations, and modelling.

Before grad school, I worked for NASA’s Diviner science team where I built a supercomputer which is being used to generate thermal models for planetary surfaces.  You can read a bit about that work here.

Some of my research interests are: planetary exploration, origins of the Solar System, planetary geology, and remote sensing instrumentation.

I also love to talk and write about science. Here you’ll find over 20 science articles that I wrote for NASA’s LROC blog. They are targeted to the general public, and highlight spectacular images captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) onboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the Moon.


Want to collaborate? Have questions or comments? Contact me at:

Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
595 Charles Young Drive East,
Box 951567
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567

Email: rgnuno (at) ucla (dot) edu