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EDUCATION Eminent NASA scientist Dr. Michael Freilich urged the students to respect their planet

D irector of the Earth Sciences division, NASA, Dr. Michael Freilich along with his colleagues, Dr. Marc Allen and Dr. Davis McSweeney visited Ahlcon International School, as part of his India tour. Ahlcon International School is part of Global Learning and Observation for the Benefit of the Earth (GLOBE), one of NASA's prestigious programs involving school children all over the world.

Describing his visit to school as the high point of his India tour, Dr. Freilich also witnessed a presentation made by the students that included imagery of Delhi's green cover and the study of a nearby water body called Sanjay Lake. Dr. Freilich advised the school children to respect our planet and to derive inspiration from our ancestors, who loved and worshiped nature. While replying to the queries from the students he impressed upon them how their actions today will influence the future of the world in the years to come. On the occasion Dr. Freilich also presented a book “Our Changing Planet – The View from Space” — a stunning collection of images, data and information about the planet. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the foreword of this edition begins with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “if a person dies the whole universe dies with him”.

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