17-year-old alerts NASA about space station malfunction

A teenager from the United Kingdom just told NASA that its International Space Station was recording false data -- and he was right.

Miles Solomon emailed NASA to tell them that the space station's radiation sensors were off.

NASA said they were aware of the problem but thought it only happened a couple times a year.

"They didn't realize how common they were," Solomon said. "[Mistakes] were coming out maybe once or twice a day rather than once or twice a year."

Solomon is part of the Institute For Research in Schools. Professor Larry Pinksy, who works with NASA, told BBC the correction was more appreciated than it was embarrassing.

NASA even invited Solomon to help solve and analyze the problem.

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