Two Indian American Teenagers, Rajan Vivek from Arizona and Prasanna Krishnamoorthy from Delaware secured positions in Top 10 Finalists of Nasa’s National 3D Space Container Challenge. However they could not win the competition.
The students who took part in this challenge were assigned a task to design models of containers that could help astronauts keep things in order in space. The winning designs of the competition should be focused on making life in space a little more comfortable for astronauts.
Ryan Beam of California achieved the first rank because of his outstanding design.
Beam’s model will be very helpful to astronauts on the space station to clip their fingernails without worrying about the clippings floating away and potentially becoming harmful debris.
Rajan designed a Hydroponic Plant Box container which tackles the challenge of containing water in a microgravity environment while still allowing plants to grow roots in it.
Hydroponics, growing plants without soil, would be very effective in spacecrafts because it requires less space and plants grow faster and stronger, Nasa said.
On the other hand, Prasanna Krishnamoorthy developed a Collapsible Container to use the limited space on international Space Station.
The Collapsible Container can expand and compress to perfectly fit its contents. When empty, it can compress fully for easy storage, Nasa said.
NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing project manager, Niki Werkheiser said in a statement that “The simplest tasks on Earth can be quite challenging, and even dangerous, in space“.
He added “Being able to 3-D print technical parts, as well as the lifestyle items that we use every day will not only help enable deep space travel, but can make the trip more pleasant for astronauts,”.