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Ravi Kumar Kopparapu

Ravi Kumar Kopparapu

Research Scientist of Planetary Studies, NASA
I am a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. My research interests are are in extrasolar planet habitability, atmosphere modeling and characterization. Specifically, I have been working with various climate models to determine the conditions needed for a rocky planet to sustain liquid water on it's surface.

An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star

Jan 07, 2020 15:32 pm UTC| Science

A few months ago a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other stars, called me into a secret meeting to tell me about a planet that had captured their interest. Because...

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Politics

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Science

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