Lujendra Ojha

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Lujendra Ojha
लुजेन्द्र ओझा
Other namesLuju
EducationPh.D. (2016)
B.Sc., University of Arizona, 2012
Alma materGeorgia Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary science with volcanology minor

Lujendra Ojha (b. 1990 Nepali: लुजेन्द्र ओझा) is an American[1] planetary scientist. He, as an undergraduate under the direction of planetary geologist Alfred McEwen, discovered compelling evidence that water on Mars includes current, seasonal, surface liquid brine flows.[2][3] He is current an assistant professor of planetary science at Rutgers University.[4][5] He has also played in a heavy metal band, Gorkha.[5][6][7]


  • Special Recognition — Office of the Governor. Douglas A. Ducey (Governor, AZ)
  • National Science Foundation (2015) — Research Excellence Award
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute (2013) — Team-X Merit Award
  • University of Arizona (2012) — First Place in Physical Science Research. Annual Student Showcase.
  • University of Arizona (2011) — Honorary Presidents Award
  • Group Achievement Award: HiRISE Science Team, NASA (2011)[8]


  1. ^ "The Nepalese-American Death Metal Rocker Who Discovered Water on Mars". Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  2. ^ Lujendra Ojha; Wilhelm, M. B.; Murchie, S. L.; McEwen, A. S.; Wray, J. J.; Hanley, J.; Massé, M.; Chojnacki (2015). "Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars" (PDF). Nature Geoscience. 8 (8): 829–832. Bibcode:2015NatGe...8..829O. doi:10.1038/ngeo2546. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  3. ^ Kirby, Runyon; Ojha, Lujendra (August 18, 2014). Recurring Slope Lineae. Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms. pp. 1–6. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_352-1. ISBN 978-1-4614-9213-9.
  4. ^ Del Crookes (30 Sep 2015). "The student who discovered water on Mars says it was a 'lucky accident'". BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  5. ^ a b Jonathan Amos (28 September 2015). "Martian salt streaks 'painted by liquid water'". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  6. ^ Eric Mack (September 28, 2015). "Meet the Nepalese-American death metal guitarist who just found water on Mars". CNET. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  7. ^ Malorie McCall (September 29, 2015). "The Guy Who Discovered Water on Mars Is Also a Heavy-Metal Guitarist". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  8. ^ Curriculum Vitae: Lujendra Ojha Archived 2015-11-22 at the Wayback Machine (October 2015).

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