British teenager detects error in ISS data

British teenager detects error in ISS data

A British teenager has pointed out a major error in a set of data that the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) collects from the International Space Station (ISS), according to emerging media reports.

Seventeen-year-old Miles Soloman, an A-level student at Sheffield-based Tapton School, detected the error while working on the TimPix project, which allows British students to access data recorded by NASA’s radiation detectors.

Soloman discovered that radiation detectors on the orbiting lab were recording inaccurate data. He emailed the error to scientists at the U.S. space agency.

BBC Radio 4's World at One programme quoted Soloman saying, “It’s pretty cool. You can tell your friends, I just emailed NASA and they're looking at the graphs that I’ve made … I went straight to the bottom of the list and I went for the lowest bits of energy there were.”

NASA said it was aware of the error, but claimed that it was only occurring once or twice a year. However, the British teenager claims that it is actually occurring multiple times a day.