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An Asteroid named after the Youngest Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai

It is a great privilege for anyone to have an object or discovery named after them. The dream of Malala Yousafzai has come true as an Asteroid is being named after her. This has been done in the light of her work in fighting the rights of women.Malala-Yousafzai-asteroid-name

The Asteroid 316201 that was found out by Amy Mainzer has been named after Malala Yousafzai. As Amy Mainzer discovered the Asteroid, she reserved all the rights to call it however she wanted. So she decided to name it after Malala Yousafzai, according to the report by Dawn Online.

The Asteroid was discovered and found out to be located between the main belt of Mars and Jupiter that is orbiting around the sun every 5.5 years. According to the astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amy Mainzer, “It is a great honor to be able to name an asteroid after Malala. My postdoctoral fellow Dr. Carrie Nugent brought to my attention the fact that although many asteroids have been named, few have been named to honor the contributions of women (and particularly women of color).”

Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan in the year 1997 where she started fighting for the rights of women’s education. She started doing it from a very tender young age. She received great popularity after delivering a speech in Peshawar entitled, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

She started her blog for the BBC in the year 2009 in the name of Gul Makai, where she told their lives in the Taliban rule and the threats they faced in it. By the end of 2011, Malala Yousafzai was nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize that led her to win the title eventually.


The Taliban were barbaric to her even though the matter was raised internationally. They released her death warrant and she was shot in the head while on her way home from school.

Before the asteroid was found out, another small planet was discovered by Kenzo Suzuki of Toyota, Japan and he decided to name it after a popular Indian chess player, Vishwanathan Anand.

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