9 Kathua students participate in Asteroid Search Campaign

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 19: Shrnya, Abhay Pratap Singh, Divum Bharti, Rashi Sharma, Alyssa Sardhalia, Samar Pratap Singh Bhadwal, Mehul Sharma, Mrigan Kamouli Vaishisth and Pranaya Mahajan from Spring Dales English School Kathua participated in the Kalam Asteroid Search Campaign organized by Homi Lab in association with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).
As part of NASA’s citizen science project that is conducted by Hardin Simmons University, USA, under this program, IASC and Homi Lab deployed a unique platform that gave selected participants once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover real near-Earth objects and Main Belt asteroids. Outreach and training support was extended by Kalam Centre, Delhi.
Participants were selected through a rigorous screening process through a worldwide event organized on October 21, 2021. 105 participants from 09 countries were selected across the globe and were later trained to analyze data and spot potential asteroids close to Earth. At the end of the campaign, young minds made path-breaking contributions to NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program and discovered three preliminary asteroids.
Srijan Pal Singh, founder and CEO, Homi Lab congratulated the students and said, “These discoveries are crucial contributions to our knowledge of the cosmos around us. Knowing the asteroids around and mapping them is an important element in our bid to understand and monitor these traveling rocks from distant worlds around our planet.”