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18-year-old West Bengal girl selected for top NASA programme

Last Updated: Monday, February 29, 2016 - 15:09
Zee Media Bureau
18-year-old West Bengal girl selected for top NASA programme

Kolkata: Making the country very proud in the field of space science, an eighteen-year-old girl from Wese Bengal has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its prestigious Goddard Internship Programme under the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), says a report.

As per the Times of India report, Sataparna Mukherjee, who is a Class 12 student from a village around 30km from Kolkata, bagged the top NASA scholarship with her amazing work on 'Black Hole Theory', in which she has written a paper on the subject proposing on how this could be used to create a 'Time Machine'.

Stating reason for her selection in NASA, Satarpana said that when she shared her paper on Black Hole Theory with the US space agency, it was greatly appreciated, says the report.

The teen will give her school-leaving exams this year from St Judes School, Madhyamgram, in Kamduni, West Bengal. She will be going to Oxford University, where she she will pursue her graduation, post-graduation and PhD (as NASA faculty) in aerospace engineering at its London Astrobiology Centre.

It is said that under the Goddard Internship Programme, she will work as a NASA employee and a researcher. Besides bearing all her expenses, NASA is also paying her a generous sum as honorarium.

Sataparna is among five scholars chosen from across the world for NASA's prestigious programme and the youngest Indian ever selected for a research project.

First Published: Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:43

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