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Pakistani student, Shah Mir Aizaz, gets 2nd prize at NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest 2015


The winners of the 2015 NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest 2015 were announced recently, and a Pakistani student from Karachi, Shah Mir Aizaz, got second prize for his project “Beyond Infinity – Eros Outer Atmosphere Settlement”.


Shah Mir Aizaz got second prize in Grade 10 for his design titled, “Beyond Infinity – Eros Outer Atmosphere Settlement” presented at NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest Design 2015 that was sponsored by the NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society (NSS).

What is NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest?

This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement.

Toroidal Colonies – Courtesy NASA

The contest invites the students from Classes VII to XII to design and submit an imagined space settlement where people can live in harmony.

Bernal Spheres - Courtesy NASA
Bernal Spheres – Courtesy NASA

The contest is taking place since 1994. NASA Ames sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students. This year it was contested by 994 students out of 3,007 students sponsored by 380 teachers.


Agricultural Modules - Courtesy NASA
Agricultural Modules – Courtesy NASA

Entries came from 21 countries: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. U.S. entries were received from 14 states and territories: California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Virginia.NASA 4

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  1. Shah Mir Aizaz HAS NOT “bagged the second place in the competition”.
    Actually, the contest does not rank all contestants as a whole. Actually
    winners are chosen separately for each of the SIX standard levels
    between 7th and 12th standards. There are 25 1st Prize Winners and 29
    2nd Prize Winners chosen for the 2015 contest. Mr. Shah Mir won the 2nd
    Prize for the Grade 10.
    TWO (2) Pakistani contestants were included among the winners and Honorable Mentions.
    And, it must be noted that India has EIGHTY TWO (82) such contestants who were among the winners and Honorable Mentions.
    The above can be verified at: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2015/index.html

    • Ohhh my God… not again.. my dear it wasn’t india vs Pak match. And we are just 18 crores not 125 crores. And by the way they were 81 not 82. And we appreciate them as well, as all of them have done a great job.

      • The RIGHT WAY to acknowledge Mr. Aizaz’z achievement TRUTHFULLY and ACCURATELY is that he is among the FIVE 2nd Prize Winners for the 10th Standard. But, the news report and your comment evidences that that obviously is not the Pak Way.
        Thank you for the correction, Sir, you are right: there are 81, not 82, Indians who were among the Winners and the “Honorable Mention”s.. Now that is the World Way: to accept mistakes and be grateful to those who correct you.. The Pak Way would be, “Ohhh my God… not again.. my dear, what is the difference between 82 and 81!”.
        Moreover, 2 Pakis out of 18 crore is equivalent to 14 Indians out of 125 crore – not 81 Indians. That is, there were 579% more Indian High Achievers at the contest on per capita basis than the Pakistani High Achievers.
        Want some other real life stuff.
        * Recall Agha Waqar Khan? Nearly All Pakistanis believed that Mr. Khan, who had no education in Engineering or Physics, was fully capable of INVENTING a CAR that RAN ON WATER.
        * Recall even after watching the Cricket SPOT-FIXING video many times,, Pakistanis still chanted “Global Conspiracy” and “Innocent till proven guilty”.
        * Recall only 2% Pakistanis believe that Al Qaeda was behind 9/11 even after OBL admitted it. Recall too the jubilation in Pak streets after that gory incident. And, the chants of “serves them right”.
        ” Recall “OBL is not in Pakistan. May be he is dead”! And how many feet away from the Prime Military Academy is he found?
        Please also read: http://nation.com.pk/columns/19-Aug-2015/independence-movement

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