As kids, all of us have weaved several dreams and tales around the moon.
But while drudgery kept us away from pursuing it, an 18-year-old Chennai lad bagged second position in the grade 12 category of the Nasa Ames Space Settlement Contest, 2017.
He proposed an elevator from the earth to the moon, making a human settlement possible on the latter.
Sai Kiran P participated in this annual contest that was organised by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS). The competition invited entries from around the world, only up to 12th grade.
The agenda of the contest was to have these kids design a proposal human settlements on the Moon.
As soon as Sai came to know about the project, he started fabricating the proposal. He began working on this project back in 2013 and even wrote a detailed thesis on the subject.
His work, which was titled ‘Connecting Moon, Earth and Space’ and ‘HUMEIU Space Habitats’ facilitated basis for humans to be transported to the moon via an elevator so that they can stay there.
“The first segment of the project is about creating elevators that could transport humans and cargo to the Moon so that humans can form their settlements there. The most important aspect was that of gravity as, without gravity, humans won’t be able to settle there,” The Asian Age report quotes Sai Kiran.
His thesis further emphasised on setting up recreation, entertainment, governance, and agriculture, on the Moon. He even mentioned the height of the elevator, which will be 40,000km. He further added that the design could be lunar-based or earth-based elevators, whichever is suitable.
In all honesty, all of us have thought of this at one point in our life, we just lacked the technical backing. So folks, time to back and mull over about all the ideas that came to you where you were a kid – who knows, it might bring in some credit.