Astronauts, from the Space Station have, once again dissolved effervescent tablets in floating water balls & captured images with the help of cameras capable of recording 4 times the resolution as regular HD cameras.
The prestigious 3D Challenger award of NASA went to Ryan Beam from California while some other hopefuls like Rajan Vivek of Arizona & Prasanna Krishnamoorthy of Delaware, didn’t manage to win it.
In this latest contest for the national 3D Space Container where NASA asked students who were participating in this contest to design innovative container models which may help astronauts preserve things in the same order when in space, proudly 2 Indian American teenagers are among the ten finalists. He’s able to pick up the win over two-hundred and forty six competitors using his nail cutter called ClipCatch which let astronauts cut nails while in space. Ryan’s design helped contain water in this microgravity environment while also allowing plants to grow their roots in the environment.
The winners had been announced by NASA partnering with American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation which managed this competition.
On another hand, Mr. Prasanna believed that this limited space in the aircraft can be effectively used and that’s why he designed the Collapsible Container which will expand & contract depending on the size of contents.
The main goal with this challenge was to get 3D printed items which astronauts may need to make their lives a little easier when in space.
The In-Space Manufacturing Project Manager for NASA, Niki Werkheiser said that 3D printers are a major advantage when it comes to space traveling. The containers may range from the simple containers which may be used for holding any rocks collected on Mars or astronaut’s food, to the advanced containers for their experiments on fruit flying.
Students in the U.S. spent certain parts of the summer using this 3D modeling software for designing containers which may be 3D printed, with eventual goals of advancing space exploration for humans on the Space Station, Mars & beyond.