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   Ratan Mohapatra
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
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High School: Biswambhar Vidyapitha, Puri, India, 
B.Sc. Geology, Khallikote College, Berhampur (Orissa) India
M. Sc. Applied Geology, University (IIT) of Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Ph.D., Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

Background Information
I began doing research in Earth and Planetary sciences after finishing my masters in Applied Geology. When I started my Ph.D., I got a piece of ALH84001, the Martian meteorite, to analyze nitrogen and noble gas isotopes. That was when I got attracted to Mars exploration.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section I try to explore Mars by studying Martian meteorites. My experiments on meteorite ALH84001 found “signatures of ancient Martian atmosphere”(formed 4.5 billion years ago on Mars). My passion for Mars exploration led me to derive the nitrogen isotopic signature of the Martian mantle, which has interesting implications for the “precursors. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Persistence! [more personal reflections ...]