Can you imagine having a planet named after you? Well, Saudi student Faisal Aldossary sure can.
Anyone in this world can officially name a star that they have just discovered. However, only a few people can claim to have a planet named after them because the procedure is much more complicated than you think. Faisal Aldossary is actually one of the few lucky people to have a newly discovered planet named after him.
US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just honored the young Saudi student, from the University of California at Berkeley, for his scientific breakthroughs in the research on fabricating hormones for agricultural applications.
The newly discovered asteroid will be now named after the student’s last name, ‘Aldossary 34559’. This is how NASA recognizes and appreciates the work of excellent and ambitious students in the field of science at the Intel International Exhibition for Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
In fact, Faisal is not the first Saudi student who has a planet named after him! NASA has named two other students before; in 2016 Abduljabbar Al-Hamoud and in 2015 Fatima Al-Sheikh. Both won due to their presentation achievements at the same Intel ISEF.