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Jalandhar students win NASAs annual space settlement contest

Jalandhars Apeejay School has done the country proud by winning the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA) annual space settlement contest.

Jalandhar (Punjab), May 4 : Jalandhar's Apeejay School has done the country proud by winning the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) annual space settlement contest.

A project submitted by the school was declared the winner for developing a space settlement around Earth.

The school team was placed in the junior (6-9th grade) small group category.

Emmanual Ratanraj, a physics teacher and project head, said it took eight months of hard work to complete the project.

"Six hundred students participated in the competition and five students from our school. We gave a proposal to NASA and we gave the project on March 31. Eight months of hard work and sincere effort have been put up by our students. We combined the proposal and sent it to NASA and we were bracketed as first in our division," Ratanraj said.

Team members were overjoyed over their hard work paying.

The annual space settlement design contest was organised by the NASA Ames Research Center, California, in collaboration with the National Space Society.

"After eight months of hard work, we have got it. We are very happy.he award means a lot to us," said Karan Jain, one of five students involved in the project.

The name of the space settlement is 'Babel', which translated means 'Gate of Gods'.

Babel would have an Earth-like atmosphere, gravity and even food. Special waste disposal and water management systems have also been designed to suit the space environment.

The administration, governance, rights and ethics to be followed and implemented in Babel have also been listed. The safety of the residents was given utmost priority while designing the settlement. This was ensured by protecting Babel from radiations, solar flares and foreign bodies such as meteors and asteroids.

Another project member said the space settlement could take in as many as 10500 people.

"Our project was on the settlement of 10500 people, their stay and other facilities. We have been invited to California so that we can interact with researches there and enhance our basic knowledge," said Aaina Dhingra.

The young team has been invited to visit the Ames Research Center in June this year to interact with NASA scientists.

The Apeejay School had won NASA's International Space Settlement Design Competition in July 2006.


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