Young activist Malala Yousafzai gets her own asteroid

Young activist Malala Yousafzai gets her own asteroid

Young activist Malala Yousafzai gets her own asteroid

Written by Staff Writer

12 Apr, 2015 | 4:01 pm

Malala Yousafzai the teenage activist who campaigned for girls’ education in Pakistan, and was shot by the Taliban now has an asteroid named in her honor.

The more than two mile wide asteroid officially now known as “316201 Malala” orbits the sun every five and a half years in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Amy Mainzer, the NASA astronomer who discovered the rock, was the one who named it after Yousafzai.

Malala, the youngest and the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban on a school bus in 2012.

She was targeted for her campaign against the extremist group’s crackdown on girls’ education, following years of blogging and interviews.

After emergency medical treatment in  UK, she became a worldwide hit after speaking in front of the UN and elsewhere about the right to education.

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