At just 18, Ronaldo Laishram from Manipur is India’s Asteroid Star

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Ronaldo Laishram featured in Deccan Chronicle

 

Mysore 31: Ronaldo Laishram, an 18-year-old first year BE (Computer Science) student of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), here was the cynosure of all eyes at the valedictory of the golden hubilee celebrations of SJCE, on Tuesday. He was felicitated by former former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for his discovery of Main belt Asteroid, “MAUR 397”.

 

Ronaldo Laishram from Manipur
Ronaldo Laishram from Manipur

[blockquote style=”1″] Ronaldo on his Facebook Status: What a great moment!!! Today is one of my best day, my best moment ever. When Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam called my name Ronaldo Laishram not only one time but three/four times while giving his powerful speech, I was so nervous . He tied colorful bouquets and shawl on my neck and told me “Work hard, keep doing,nobody can stop you”. I told him I am from Manipur.  [/blockquote]

The youngest son of Laishram Mahajon, a farmer and Laishram Sanahanbi, a housewife, who are natives of Khangabok, Manipur, Ronaldo spent his childhood observing the sky and always told his teacher he wanted to be an astronaut.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Ronaldo said: “After I passed out from school, I went to Delhi and got in touch with SPACE. They mademe part of the ALl India Asteroid Search Campaign, organised by International Astronomy Search Collaboration (IASC). IASC sent me telescopic images which I analysed. I finally succeeded in my research when they confirmed I had discovered an asteroid. Currently I represent India in the International Asteroid search campaign”. Ronaldo said his biggest dream is to become a great astrophysicist and do good for mankind.

 

[Story gathered and edited by KO Editor]

Source: Deccan Chronicle; Facebook 

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