Odisha girl Eeshanee Tripathy wins Nasa Ames Design Contest


Eeshanee Tripathy, a Class-XI student of Delhi Public School, Rourkela, has bagged the first prize in Grade 11 category in the prestigious Nasa Ames Space Settlement Design Contest hosted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and National Space Society.

Eeshanee’s project The Space Settlement of AURA was based on innovative designs and futuristic science as well as technologies feasible in space.

She is going to present her project in the 36th Annual International Space Development Conference at St Louis, USA, which will begin on May 25 and continue till May 29.

Daughter of Susmita Das, a professor at NIT, Rourkela, and Somanatha Tripathy, an executive with Rourkela Steel Plant, she gave the credit of her success to her mother.

“She helped me a lot in developing the project, in fact it is her brain child and I just did it according to her directives with my inputs into it,” Eeshanee said.

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Eeshanee said reading The Gita helped her to get strength when she was frustrated and even now after winning the competition.

Books are my best friends as they open to me the world of unknown and let me know about the best things,” she said.

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