Delhi, July 12, 2016: Nandini & Hardik of Class VIII attended a workshop on AIASC at Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar. AIASC is one of the most prominent and much awaited projects and is conducted in collaboration with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, USA). SPACE is the coordinator for this highly recognised programme in India.

Under this campaign, participants get exclusive access to images of the sky taken at observatories as they analyse the data with specialized software provided during training to look for asteroids. All observations contribute to the Near Earth Object (NEO) data compiled by NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Students get the exciting opportunity to work with professional astronomers, get access to real astronomy data and are exposed to research in this field, all of which is usually only available to post graduate students.