Kara Brugman uses piston-cylinder and multi-anvil presses, like the one seen here, to bring her samples to the temperatures and pressures they would experience inside of a developing planet.

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“Experiment, Fail, Learn, Repeat,” Kara Brugman shares her secret to successful science.

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A star rises behind a planet, illuminating the planet's atmosphere.

Exploring exoplanet atmospheres

Brugman is a member of the AEThER team. AEThER’s goal is to link exoplanetary atmospheric observations to the solid planet below as well as to the evolution of the planetary body. By unraveling the intricacies of these connections, AEThER hopes to eventually open the door to the reliable detection of life beyond Earth.

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