A British teenager has emailed NASA scientists to tell that their calculations are wrong – and the space agency thanked him.
A-Level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station were recording ‘false data’ – and messaged a correction to NASA.
Mr Soloman spotted that when the Space Station’s sensors were not picking up radiation, they recorded a negative reading – and pointed out to his teacher that you cannot have ‘negative energy.’
Mr Soloman, who studies at Tapton school in Sheffield, said it was ‘pretty cool’ to email the space agency.
Nasa is said to have ‘appreciated’ the student’s feedback – and scientists asked him to help them resolve the issue.
‘What we got given was a lot of spreadsheets, which is a lot more interesting than it sounds,’ Mr Soloman.
‘I went straight to the bottom of the list and I went for the lowest bits of energy there were,’ he said.
Mr Soloman’s teacher and head of physics, James O’Neill, said: ‘We were all discussing the data but he just suddenly perked up in one of the sessions and went “why does it say there’s -1 energy here?”‘