Miles Soloman, a 17 year old student (he’s only one year older than me, Oh my god!), has found a fault with radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) during his physics class because they were studying the data as part of a school project and when the realized the erroneus recording he emailed NASA without wasting a second. The space agency thanked him his contribution and he was invited to help NASA’s workers to analyse and solve the problem.
According to Lawrence Pinsky, collaborator with ISS on this project “NASA’s workers thought they had corrected for this.” But I wouldn’t say the same. Also he was asked wether this situation was something to be embarrassed about, he replied that it was appreciated more than being embarrassing.
Soloman is proud about his discovery because WHO wouldn’t be proud? However his friends aren’t, they think he’s a nerd and when they were told about his discovery there were a mixture of jealousy and boredom. But he is a positive person so he thinks this is a good oportunity. In addition, he wants to explain that he isn’t trying to prove NASA wrong. He isn’t trying to say he is better than NASA because he isn’t. He wants to work with them and learn from them, he concluded.
After that , will he take part in NASA in a few years? I hope so.