From Scientific Blogging, by Alex Antunes:
I’ve often talked about how amateurs still can make contributions in modern astronomy, making us unique among the sciences. Well, 14-year old Caroline Moore became the youngest person to discover a supernova, through diligence and drive. The story of her find of SN2008ha is both a great character piece, and an example of what a motivated and skilled person can accomplish in 8 months.
…instead of providing secondhand sources and op eds, I’ll push you to the actual details, which are well worth reading.
Space travel history: here.