Former Metal Guitarist Now NASA Hero

If you have been watching the news lately you might have heard about a recent discovery of liquid salt water on Mars. What you may not have known is that the man who made this historic and ground-breaking discovery was also once a metal guitarist.
He walks me through how he devised a new technique to analyze photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and wound up finding evidence of water mixing with salts. After that, I can’t help asking about a photo on his personal website — it shows Ojha in long hair, guitar in hand, microphone in front of his mouth, belting it out with his old death metal band. “Yeah, that was an old life,” Ojha confesses with a laugh. “I was kind of in poverty with music. I wasn’t making enough money so I said screw music, let’s go to science, maybe there’s more money in it. But there isn’t money in science either.”
Making the leap to science clearly was the right move for Ojha, but he would be the first to tell you that his original love was music and the guitar. We all know how hard it is to succeed in the music industry, but we have to applaud Ojha for his incredible discovery and showing the world that music only makes you smarter and more capable to do amazing things like finding water on Mars! Or at least that’s what we believe. For more on this cool story, jump over to CNET.

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