[UPDATE 3/05/2020]: At the moment, Azhar Ali, who is allegedly being offered a scholarship by NASA, has changed his Twitter account to private. This is due to the increasing number of people questioning the legitimacy of his claims. We are currently waiting for any explanation from his side and will keep you updated! Stay tuned!
Out of this world!
That’s the only thing that we can say about Azhar Ali as he was awarded a scholarship from NASA after taking part in the Artemis Challenge by the space agency. The challenge requires its participants to design a spacesuit interface that would adjust to the Artemis 2024 mission to Mars.
NASA IS GIVING ME A SCHOLARSHIP !? Ya Allah, I NEVER thought of of this when I joined the Artemis Challenge. Alhamdulillah. The challenge was to design a spacesuit that would adjust to the Artemis 2024 mission to Mars, and thanks to @rafiqhilmi_ ‘s question, I made it. Syukur pic.twitter.com/w6aCahmZdN
— Saturn 🪐 (@theotherazharal) April 30, 2020
Azhar obtained a SUPER DISTINCTION score of 96.77 per cent and he belongs to the top one per cent of all participants. The total amount of participants who took part in the challenge were 3,623,982 and only 1.52% of them managed to score between 90 to 100 per cent.
Upon receiving this scholarship, Azhar is now a citizen scientist and will be continuing his studies at the National University of Singapore, fully funded by the NASA Degree Scholarship. Azhar broke the good news on his Twitter account and the tweet has received numerous replies, congratulating him on his achievement.
Among those who reached out to him is YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation who invited him to join the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation as well as the Malaysian Space Agency in the future in order to inspire more young Malaysians to pick up the knowledge and skills.
Congratulations! Happy to welcome you to @officialmosti & the Malaysian Space Agency soon to see how we can encourage more of our young scientists to win prestigious scholarships.
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) April 30, 2020
We are proud of you Azhar! Hopefully, this is the start of something greater and surely we will be excited to see your progress and what you will achieve in the near future. The sky is no longer the limits when you are at NASA.
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