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Serkan Golge (Serkan Gölge) is a Turkish-American scientist who is currently imprisoned in Turkey. He worked as a full-time NASA contractor on NASA's proposed manned mission to Mars with an office next to the Mission Control Center. He graduated from Fatih University and received his Ph.D. in physics from Old Dominion University in 2010. He became a naturalized US citizen the same year.
Golge was arrested by the Turkish government on July 23, 2016, on charges of participating in terrorism and conspiring against the government as a member of the Gülen movement, which Turkey designates the "Fethullahist Terrorist Organization." As evidence the prosecution presented a 1 $ bill found in his apartment (which by prosecutors often is presented as evidence that someone is linked to the Gülen Movement), the fact that he had a bank account at a bank linked to the Gülen movement and that he has studied at a university linked to the Gülen Movement. Golge denied being a member of the Gülen movement or undertaking any anti-government activities. On February 8, 2018, he was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. The government in Ankara believes that the Gülen movement is at least partially responsible for the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt and has arrested many of its members, followers and sympathizers, and suspected sympathizers, members and followers since the coup's failure in July 2016. Suspected conspirators have included judges, academics, and journalists. 
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