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Orissa students can't stop smiling

Four wonderkids just received an invite from the US space agency to deliver a lecture, writes Soumyajit Pattnaik.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 12:40 IST

Four students of an Orissa school cannot stop smiling. They have just received an invite from US space agency NASA to deliver a lecture. The reason: Their entry for a space settlement design contest conducted by NASA bagged the second prize.

The contest is open to 6-12 graders (11 to 18-year-olds) from anywhere in the world.

Ullas Mishra, Soumya Ranjan Pati, Asima Kar and Amitav Mohanty of Ispat English Medium School, Rourkela, have been invited to visit NASA's Ames Research Centre, Mofeett Field, California, on June 20 to present their “visions of where and how people will live in the future”.

Ullas told the Hindustan Times, “We had designed a colony with a habitation of 10,000 people in the lunar orbit. We had shown how oxygen and water taken from the earth to this orbital colony could be used and maintained through recycling. We had also worked out a solution to the zero gravity problem for the inhabitation in the orbital space colony."

First Published: May 26, 2006 01:57 IST