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Alana Thigpen

Astrobiology and BioGeosciences, Arizona State University
With a degree in astrobiology and biogeosciences, I aspire to keep space exploration efficient and safe for humans and the environments we interact with.
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My story

Astronomy has given me clarity and tranquility in its infinite options and dynamic behavior. With each planet being unique, I am motivated to think about worlds where it may rain glass or there are oceans of molten lava. I am currently studying terrestrial worlds in the habitable zone of their red dwarf hosts, looking at how orbital changes influence the presence of water on their surface or in their atmosphere. Receiving the TU-T Scholarship has given me the courage and resources to continue toward my goal of making a positive change in astronomy.