Majority in India and Pakistan wants peace between both countries:
Despite the continuous hostility
between the two countries, a majority of the billion and a half
people of India and Pakistan want to live as....
It was like a dream come true for Sara Afzal, a student of class 11
from Lahore, when her team won the Asia Space Settlement Design
Competition defeating 15 other teams with their innovative design to
settle over 10,000 people in a city in space in 2055.
Sara is part of a group of 36 children from India and Pakistan who
will join 12 other finalist teams from around the world in July this
year to compete at the 16th Annual International Space Settlement
Design Competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am that
our team has been adjudged winner in Asia. It’s recognition of our
hard work that we have put in the last six months. We worked for 18
to 22 hours in a day while preparing for the initial project,” said
Sara, a student of Lahore Grammar School.
US ambassador Timothy J.Roemer Tuesday met
the students and lauded their efforts.
“This group of Indian and Pakistani
students are together designing the future of our civilization - one
with few limitations of geographical boundaries,” said Roemer.
The competition was organised by US Space
agency NASA and Boeing.
The students were asked to present their
ideas based on which three teams - Amity International School in Saket, Lahore Grammar School and Little Flowers School in Hyderabad
- were selected for the next round.
“All the three teams were invited to
Gurgaon and were randomly given proposals on space settlement. The
students were given 21 hours to come out with their proposals and
Amity School and Lahore Grammar School won the competition,” said
B.P Pandey, guide of Amity School.
An excited Palash Gupta, a class 11
student of Amity school, said: “We were given a project to make a
mobile space settlement between Earth and Mars. We were divided into
five groups - structure planning, operations, human engineering,
automation and marketing. It was a tough task but real fun and we
worked as a team to provide a winning solution.”
The students have already started
preparing for the final test and are hopeful to win the competition.
“We have started our research for the
final competition although the topic will be given randomly but we
should know the properties of various planets and how we can
construct our city with all modern facilities anywhere in space,”
said Sanjana Mohan, another student.