Viral story of an Indian teenager getting NASA scholarship turns out to be false
Earlier this week, Indian media carried reports of an 18-year-old girl from a village in eastern India being selected for NASA’s Goddard Internship Programme — a story that quickly went viral.
It was reported that Sataparna Mukherjee was one of the five students chosen by the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. Mukherjee had said that she had never formally studied astrophysics but was selected after she shared her thoughts on ‘black hole theory’ on a Facebook group. According to her, a scientist from the group told her to share here findings with NASA, which then awarded her the scholarship to study in London Read more…