Asteroid named after Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize winner
She is not yet eighteen. But if you see her profile without looking at her age you may conclude that she must be in her sixties if not seventies or eighties.
Malala Yusufzai is all of 17 years old. She will turn 18 this coming July. But she is already a Nobel laureate besides winning hundreds of other prizes in her short life. Such media glare fixated at such young age is simply bewildering.
The Pakistani girl who was attacked by Taliban opposed to modern education for girls now lives in UK and shuttles across the world.
Now the teenaged daughter of a school teacher has been bestowed another honor. An asteroid discovered by a US astronomer has been named after Pakistanâ€™s teenage education activist and the world youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
Reports suggest that an accomplished astronomer Amy Mainzer, who works with the NASA, discovered an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter and chose to name it after Malala. â€œIt is a great honour to be able to name an asteroid after Malala,” Mainzer said. â€œMy postdoctoral fellow Dr Carrie Nugent brought to my attention the fact that although many asteroids have been named, very few have been named to honour the contributions of women (and particularly women of colour),” he added. The asteroid orbits the Sun every 5.5 years.
Almost the entire world now knows the Pakistani teenager. She became the youngest Noble Peace Laureate last year when he was declared winner with Indian child right activist Kailash Satharthi. She was attacked by Taliban in 2012 for standing up for the right of girls to attend school in her native Swat region which was controlled by Taliban from 2007 to 2009 when they were expelled by Pakistan army. Taliban destroyed hundreds of school in the areas and banned female education.