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Dr. Aki Roberge
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Aki Roberge studies young systems that are likely to be forming terrestrial planets (debris disks). These disks have a lot of dust floating around that comes from asteroids and comets. Dust like this in the Solar System is called the zodiacal dust. This dust is expected to partially obscure exo-Earths around nearby stars, making them harder to see. It's basically due to the same effects that make it hard to see through a dust storm. Aki's job is to determine which stars are likely to have a lot of obscuring "exozodi" dust, so that we can avoid those systems.

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Dr. Aki Roberge
Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 667, Building 21, Room 058
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone: 301-286-2967 Fax: 301-286-1753
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