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About Adi

Aditya Chopra is a PhD student at the Planetary Science Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. His research areas include astrobiology and planetary science with the focus of his PhD research being the examination of elemental abundances in different life forms and their environments to gain insight into the origin and evolution of life. He says astrobiology provides great satisfaction to his confused soul - he could be a chemist one minute and then be culturing microbes the next and if the stars are out, he enjoys zooming into the heavens above!

  • Come fly with me

    Ladies and gentlemen, NASA has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign as we approach Gale Crater on Mars. Weather conditions remain within seasonal norms with the skies being dominated by diffuse water ice clouds. If you haven’t already done so, please cancel all your engagements in the evening of 5th August. Please
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  • CURIOSITY

    cu·ri·os·i·ty [kyoor-ee-os-i-tee]

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    1.[noun] a state in which you want to learn more about something  Synonyms: wonder 2.[noun] something unusual  Synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! Well, there couldn't be a better word to describe the Mars Science Laboratory,
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  • MSL goes for GOLD

    Every 4 years, the Olympics bring us together to witness the best in human endurance, athleticism and sportsmanship. This week as medals are won and each country's tally grows, there is one team that has its sights on a prize outside this world. They have
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  • 7 minutes sure to keep us on the edge

    In less than a month, we will be treated to one of the most exhilarating rides in the solar system. Curiosity (The Mars Science Laboratory) may have had a pretty long journey since its launch last year but perhaps the hardest, most dangerous part is yet come... This video makes it clear why James
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  • A cool new way to checkout where “God” was found.

    The Large Hadron Collider is the Apollo program of the 21st Century. The project involves thousands of scientists and engineers from 111 nations and it is perhaps the most complex scientific project undertaken. The world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator operated by CERN had a simple task - to find God. Well, the God Particle
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  • Could Higgs help us find life elsewhere?

    4th of July 2012, a date which will live in infamy, at least for the physicists amongst us. It was the day when the 'God particle' gained its independence from the realm of the unknown and could no longer be called the god-damn particle! I have been wondering if the discovery of the Higgs Boson could help
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