At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, Ramakrushna Swain, a Class 12 student of DAV School at Pokhariput, joined an elite group of 400 scientists from across the world for the NASA Lunar Science Forum.
Through video conferencing, Swain went on to present his project titled ‘Lunar Gene Bank for Endangered Species’ to the lunar scientific community.
The futuristic concept emanates from the possibility of preserving endangered species in the places where temperature is consistent with more than minus 200 degree C, as in parts of the moon.
Swain was selected along with 12 other young scientists for the ‘Lightning Round Talks’ session.
The prestigious annual conference was held over three days from July 16 and hosted by NASA with no in-person component this year, a first of its kind.
Ramakrushna’s paper on the same topic has been selected for the online poster session under the ‘Human Exploration’ theme in the conference.
Conducted by NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), the forum brings together an elite group of top lunar scientists across the globe.
The project was highly applauded by the Director of NLSI, Dr Yvonne Pendleton. Principal Sujata has congratulated the young scientist.