Asteroid named after Malala Yousafzai

Sunday, 12 April 2015 - 16:39

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Malala Yousafzai is now a star in another universe.

The Nobel Prize-winning teenage activist had an asteroid named in her honour earlier this week, time.com reported.

The more-than-2-mile-wide asteroid - officially now known as “316201 Malala” - orbits the sun every five-and-a-half years in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

“My postdoctoral fellow Dr. Carrie Nugent brought to my attention the fact that although many asteroids have been named, very few have been named to honor the contributions of women (and particularly women of color),” Amy Mainzer, the NASA astronomer who discovered the rock, wrote on Malala Fund Blog.

“Carrie and I read about Malala's amazing story and thought if anyone deserves to have an asteroid named after them, she does!”

On Oct. 2012, a masked gunman boarded Yousafzai's school bus and asked for her by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder.

It was the price Yousafzai paid for writing a blog for the BBC expressing her views on education and life under the threat of the Taliban taking over Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan.

Last year, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." (Times)



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