Chennai, Aug 28 (GCCurrentAffairs) J Dhaanya Thasnem, a Class X student of Mahatma Montessori Matric Higher Secondary School, Madurai, will fly to United States during the first week of October to spend a week at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and interact with the NASA astronauts.
Thasnem was among the three winners of the National Space Science Contest (NSSC) 2019, an online science aptitude and general knowledge test, conducted by the US-based Go4Guru, an online tutoring and educational tour services company.
The other two Indian students, who won the NASA trip, included Sai Pujitha of Bhashyam Group of Schools, IIT Foundation School, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and Abhishek Sharma of Jindal Vidya Mandir, Alibaug, Maharashtra.
Former NASA astronaut Don Thomas, who had spent over 1,000 hours in space on four shuttle missions, presented the ticket to the US to Dhaanya at an event held here last evening.
He also launched the NSSC-2020 to be conducted by the Go4Guru.Ms Dhaanya had written about ‘Dr APJ Abdul Kalam-My Hero’ in the contest. “I am looking forward to learn everything practically during this trip to the U.S,” she said. Dhaanya will be visiting the US for nine days.
The winners of the 2019 NSSC will take part in Go4Guru’s International Space Science contest and five winners will be awarded a scholarship of USD 10,000 by the Florida Institute of Technology for its courses.
Dr Don Thomas will also be speaking to over 25,000 students in the next two weeks across Tamil Nadu, including students at Aruppukottai in the southern Virudhunagar district.