The annually conducted NASA Space Settlement Contest has hundreds of schools from across the globe vying for top honors.
Bringing back the bronze to the temple town of Madurai from the prestigious competition are the girls from Sri Saradha Vidyalayam Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
Conducted jointly by NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society (NSS), the competition encourages students to come up with sustainable future space settlement ideas.
Five students from Class XI – .B. Vishaka Nandini, M. Shenbagam, K. Kamali, P. Dhivya Priya and S.G. Yogalakshmi, won the third prize under the Literary Merit category for their innovative design dubbed ‘Cronus-The Utopia’!
The students describe their idea of Cronus as a human settlement in deep space in the year 2250 where the resources available are more are less the same as ones on earth.
The crucial difference though is in the utilization of these resources as the residents of Cronus are adept in recycling waste, tapping into solar and wind energy, along with unselfish management of the available sources.
Cronus is set in a fictional space orbit around Saturn and while it might sound like a farfetched idea today, so was landing on the moon a few centuries ago!
Just a few days ago we also talked about another space settlement project called Zenith’s Labyrinth from students of KIIT School in Odisha, which won the second prize in Grade 8 category.
All the winners will receive a chance to attend the International Space Development Conference set to be held in Los Angeles this May.