Romanian 8th grade pupil took the blue ribbon in NASA contest

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A Romanian 8th grade pupil from Bucharest took the blue ribbon in NASA contest. Tudor Coman, in the eight grade at the International Informatics High School in Bucharest (ICHB), grabbed the trophy at NASA Space Settlement Contest, with a project featuring a base in space for minimum 10,000 people.

Another Romanian schoolgirl from the same high school won the second position at the same contest individual category.

Tudor Coman designed the “Tharros” project, comprising a 3D model of the base. He made a thorough research on the radiation emission, space mining resources, energy sources in space.

“People have always had the desire to explore more than it has been discovered. This helped in developing new technologies and in finding more things about the surrounding world. One of the reasons to build a space colony is that all knowledge acquired by this colony might make people understand the space better,” Tudor argued in his project.

Runner-up Eliza Constantinescu, 7th grade at ICHB, designed the “Lizartis” project focused on space expansion and the first colony’s landfall on low Earth orbit.

“The human race has expanded in the past years. People will need new grounds to develop. A space location would be more beneficial than to gradually destroy the Earth biosphere. So, as humankind has always tended to expand, why shouldn’t it be to go to the next level and try to expand in space?”, Eliza said in her project.

The ‘Edelweiss’ team from Constanta won the first place at the 9th grade category, while the “Newt” team from Brasov took the blue ribbon at the 7th grade category.

Over 6,000 pupils in the world sent 1,500 projects at the 2017 edition of the NASA Space Settlement Contest annual design competition for 6-12th grade students sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University and the National Space Society.

This contest is open to students ages eleven through eighteen from anywhere in the world. Individuals compete as individuals or part of a team in two categories, in teams of up to six students, and in teams of seven or more students.

The goal of this contest is to have students learn about science and teamwork while working on projects to develop space settlement. Students submit a report about their designs to NASA Ames, and the reports are judged by aerospace professionals.

This year the theme was to design a space colony for minimum 10,000 people.

The winners will take part in the International Space Development Conference due in Saint Louis, USA, during May 25-29.

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