A UK teenager has contacted NASA regarding an error in a set of their own data.
A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were reading false data.
The 17-year-old from Tapton school in Sheffield emailed the company with the discovery.
The correction was said to be “appreciated” by Nasa. They have even invited him to help analyse the problem.
The school task was part of the project from the Institute for Research in Schools. This gives students the chance to work on data from the space station, looking for anomalies and patterns that might lead to further discoveries.
During UK astronaut Tim Peake’s stay on the station, detectors began recording the radiation levels on the ISS.
What Miles had noticed was that when nothing hit the detector, a negative reading was being recorded.
But you cannot get negative energy. So Miles and Mr O’Neill contacted Nasa. They said that they were aware of the error, but believed it was only happening once or twice a year.
Miles had found it was actually happening multiple times a day.