US: NASA astronomer names asteroid after Malala Yousafzai

2015-04-11 11:35:38 | Al Muslim News
US: NASA astronomer names asteroid after Malala Yousafzai


An asteroid has been named in honor of Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl, the children's rights activist who won the Nobel Peace award last year.
“Although many asteroids have been named, very few have been named to honor the contributions of women (and particularly women of color),†Amy Mainzer, astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and principal investigator of the mission that discovered the asteroid, explained. “It is a great honor to be able to name an asteroid after Malala.â€
The four-kilometer diameter object orbits and its surface is very dark, the color of printer toner.
The asteroid, official name is 316201 Malala (2010 ML48), lies in the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter and orbits the sun every 5.5 years.
Malala Yousafzai founded and works with the Malala Fund to advocate for girls' education around the world. In October last year, Malala, 17, became the youngest ever Nobel Award winner, jointly winning the prestigious annual prize with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.


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