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Harish Khandrika stands next to a poster of his award-winning science fair project, which used data from NASA's RXTE spacecraft to study the remains from a star explosion.
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Student Astronomer Reaches for Exploded Stars
News story originally written on July 22, 2002

Student astronomer Harish Khandrika studies the universe! He is a high school student from California who has been learning all about exploded stars, called supernovae, with Dr. Richard Rothschild at the University of California, San Diego.

Harish studied a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A to find out how much radioactive titanium was there. Harish found that the supernova produced a huge amount of radioactive titanium!

Harish loves to study the universe, so last summer he searched for people who could help him follow his interest. Harish found Dr. Richard Rothschild who suggested he look at Cassiopeia A and his research project was born! Harish told people about his project at science fairs and won many awards. Hooray Harish!

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