18-year-old student has the idea to build an elevator from the Earth to the Moon. NASA all ears.

Sai Kiran P

What was that thing you wanted very badly when you were 18? Good marks? Somehow to pass the 12th standard? A girlfriend? Well, this all will seem trivial when you will read this article.

It is not easy to have set a goal for yourself at the early age of 18. It is the time the time when we see things from a different angle, and well having a future plan is not something people do at 18. But that does not seem the case with Sai Kiran P from Chennai. He is way way ahead of us and already has a plan paved out for him.

Guess what this 18-year-old won? While our achievement at 18 was to maybe have sipped the hottest cup of tea, this boy here has come second in the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest, 2017. This contest was for all the 12 graders.

The theme of the contest was about proposals for a human settlement which could be possible on the moon. It was organized by NASA, and the number of entries they received was obviously huge.

Sai has given NASA a proposal to build a human settlement on the moon with the help of an elevator. Sounds trivial? It sure does.

Sai started working on this project in 2013 and has a detailed thesis on it. Titled ‘Connecting Moon, Earth and Space’ and ‘HUMEIU Space Habitats’, his thesis talks about setting up recreation, governance, agriculture and entertainment on the moon.

He started working on this project in 2013. He also has written a detailed thesis on it and it is titled ‘connecting moon, earth and space’ as well as ‘HUMEIU Space Habitats’. His paper talks about governance, agriculture, entertainment as well as recreation. And all of this on the moon!

He further added:

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.

He also said how it would be cheaper since it is very counter cost productive to transport humans to the outer space and the moon via rockets. And before you say anything, let me again remind you he won the 2nd price. In a contest by organized by NASA. Period.



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