Space – Aurangabad teen girl bags NASA fellowship | Aurangabad News
Aurangabad: A 14-year-old city student, who utilized the lockdown period to read books of renowned physist Stephen Hawking, has bagged a position on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) fellowship panel 2021.
Diksha Sinde, an ICSE student from the city, is the elder of two daughters of a private school’s head master Krishna and housewife Ranjana. As on date, she is the only Indian student on NASA’s Earth Science Panel, which reviews proposals for MSI fellowship to perform an experiment or work on a theory in any of the NASA’s research centres.
The student citing one of the emails she has received, has also claimed of being offered for astronaut training in the year 2024 at Texas. She has submitted her paper thrice before it was accepted in October 2020, Diksha said.
Her mother said she was not even aware about Diksha’s preparations. “She used to daily spend more than 12 hours in reading books as well as writing papers,” she sad.
After Diksha gave her consent to be on the panel, a series of emails were exchanged between her and NASA. “My first online meeting was held in January end. NASA associate administrator Bob Cabana and NASA deputy administrator Pamela Melroy appreciated me for my paper.
Since resuming work as a panelist, which keeps her occupied every alternate day, Diksha says that so far she has reviewed 25 proposals and attended two panel meetings, for which she has already received a stipend of $675.