On a Mission to Mars, Imprisoned in Turkey

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Media Outlet: Foreign Policy

Lauren Bohn wrote for Foreign Policy about the trial of U.S. NASA scientist in Turkey:

Last year on the eve of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, Kubra Golge was tending to her garden in Houston and celebrating the birth of her second child.

This year, she’s crying in the halls of Kafkaesque courts in southern Turkey, pleading for justice in a terrorism case against her husband that has come to symbolize the volatile state of Turkey and its imperiled judiciary.

On May 26, Turkish judges once again extended the imprisonment of Serkan Golge, a Turkish-American who until last year was a senior research scientist at NASA, studying the effects of space radiation on humans in advance of an eventual mission to Mars.


Lauren Bohn is a fellow in New America's International Security program. She is the GroundTruth Project’s inaugural Middle East correspondent and editor-at-large.