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Delhi boy chosen NASA's 'student astronaut'

October 14, 2003 09:18 IST
Last Updated: October 14, 2003 13:58 IST


A 14-year-old Delhi boy has been chosen as a 'student' astronaut' to participate in NASA's ongoing project on Mars exploration.

Saatvik Agarwal, a standard X student at Amity International School in south Delhi, is among the 16 students selected from all over the world through a global contest and would spend about two weeks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- NASA's lead centre for robotic exploration of the solar system -- based at Pasadena, California.

He will work together with NASA scientists and other student astronauts as part of the Science Operations Working Group between January-March 2004.

To prepare for his stint at NASA, Saatvik is undergoing intensive web-based training about the US agency's Mars exploration mission -- Red Rover Goes to Mars -- besides Mars science, digital image processing and mission operations.

Saatvik, son of an Internet consultant Rajeev Agarwal, was selected through a global contest organised by the US-based Planetary Society, a space interest group, in an initiative to involve young minds in NASA's mission to Mars.

The boy had earlier won the 'Original Mind' award instituted by Infosys Foundation and an award for his website on space, given by Kiran Bedi's India Vision Foundation.


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Number of User Comments: 22




Sub: One more indian on the world map

This was very heartening and encouraging to know that one more indian has been selected for the space mission. It was the blessings and the ...


Posted by Amit More





Sub: congrats

it is really nice that you have been selected for this great opportunity.we are all very proud of you.all the best and we pray for ...


Posted by ansari





Sub: good luck

best of luck 2 you for being selected for the mission. with regards vivek


Posted by vivek





Sub: one more indian student

one more indian student also is selected in the project. it is bad that you have overlooked him. His name is Vignan Pattamatta (India) Age ...


Posted by bhagi





Sub: very nice.

Dear Aggarwal, You are proud all of us. After Karnal Girl now its turn of our delhi boy. congratulations. please dont forget about your poor ...


Posted by mmwf




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