A 14-year-old girl from Pirbahram in East Burdwan will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi and scientists to watch the Chandrayan-II monn landing live from India Space Research Organization’s control room in Bengaluru early on September 7.
Yusra Alam, a class-IX student at Delhi Public School, Belgram, took part in the online Space Quiz-2019 without even telling her parents about it. Interested in mathematics and physics, Alam was among the two from Bengal to top the quiz and win the invitation to witness the historic moment at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility. She received a letter from Suresh M R, director, DSRQ, ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, asking her to reach Bengaluru by 2pm on September 6.
“I am very excited. It is a big chance for me to witness the historical Chandrayaan -2 landing and meet the PM. All my friends were excited about the quiz and I was the lucky one to have cracked it. I thank ISRO members and my school teachers for offering me the opportunity,” Alam told TOI.
A guardian has to accompany Alam, who has been told to carry some documents, including an affidavit signed and stamped by the principal of her school. The ISRO will reimburse their AC II-tier train fare and also take care of their lodging and local transport cost. The girl, along with her parents, will, however, take a flight to Bengaluru.
“My daughter got this chance through her hard work,” said her mother, Fatima. Her father Hasib said, “I cannot explain my happiness. I will leave for Bengaluru by flight with my daughter and wife.”
Source: Times of India