Miles Soloman, an A-level student at Tapton school in Sheffield, contacted scientists at NASA, telling them that radiation sensors on the ISS were recording false data.
Soloman said it was “pretty cool” to email NASA, adding the correction was “appreciated” by the space agency, which invited him to help analyse the problem.
The research was part of a project which gives students across the UK the chance to work on data from ISS, looking for anomalies and patterns that might lead to further discoveries.
The detectors had recorded the radiation levels on the space station.
“I went straight to the bottom of the list and I went for the lowest bits of energy there were,”
Soloman was quoted as saying by BBC News.