APJ, Jalandhar stands 1st in NASA Space Settlement Contest

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Jalandhar, Apr 23 (UNI) Apeejay School here has won the first prize in NASA Space Settlement Contest in the junior category and third prize in the senior category.

''This is the second cosecutive year, the school has marked its presence in the international circuit by bagging prizes in NASA Space Settlement Contest 2008 in both senior and junior categories,'' principal Ms Ranjana Sud told mediapersons here today.

There were 156 submissions from 840 students sponsored by 74 teachers for the contest, which was organised by NASA Ames Research Centre, California, USA in collaboration with National Space Society (NSS), from all over the world, she revealed.

Elaborating on ''Cosmogenesis'', which means origin and development of Universe, the students said,''This project unfurls the establishement of a new society in space.

Cosmogenesis is a unique and innovative twin city structure which could accomodate nearly 18,000 people in space and besides, providing entertainment and recreation facilities, it will also provide an earth-like environment.'' ''One of the most fascinating feature of the project is the six days a week and 28 hours a day, thus missing our Monday,''they added.

About the third prize, which was bagged by senior team in their category for the project ''Janus'', which in Roman mythology is a God of Gates and Beginnings, the students said,''Janus will mark the beginning of an era of space revolution and will lead the way to future space explorations.'' The teams were invited to NASA Ames Centre for exhibition -cum-award ceremony during the last week of June this year, the principal added.

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