Miss Sataparna Mukherjee, 18, has made India proud by becoming the youngest Indian to be selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the eminent Goddard Internship Programme (GIP) under the prestigious Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
NASA's GIP selects five exceptional individuals from across the world every year and funds their entire education after school. NASA will fund her entire education after school. The space agency is paying her a generous sum as honorarium, apart from bearing all her expenses.
She is a Class 12 student from a village around 30 km from Kolkata. The teen will give her school-leaving exams this year from St Judes School, Madhyamgram, in Kamduni. She will be advancing to Oxford University, where she will pursue her graduation, post-graduation and Ph.D. as a NASA faculty in aerospace engineering at its London Astrobiology Centre.
Her paper on Black Hole Theory and how this could be used to create a Time Machine was hugely appreciated. Under the Goddard Internship Programme, she will work as an “employee and researcher“, where she will be part of its earth science and technology development programme.
Miss Sataparna said it all started last year when one day she shared her thoughts on ‘Black Hole Theory’ and one of the group gave her NASA’s official website and told her to post her findings, which she did. “It all begun in May last year when I was a part of a group on a social networking site where there were so many members, including some scientists. On the day I shared some of my thoughts on ‘Black Hole Theory’, and one of the members of this group provided me Nasa’s official website and told me to post my findings, which I did”, said the achiever.
Speaking on the achievement and also on the itinerary, Mr. Pradip Mukheree, a proud father and a headmaster of a primary school said, "She is going on August 17…. Though every cost is borne by the university and NASA, we will arrange for the passage money, which is quite high. I am thinking of taking a loan because I don't want to let this opportunity go".
Miss Mukherjee’s concept on Black hole Theory, and how this could be used to create a ‘Time Machine’, was highly admired.