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Bengaluru: Nidhi Mayurika Cracks Tough NASA Contest Three Times In Row

15-year-old Bengaluru girl Nidhi Mayurika, aspires to be a cosmologist in future, is making all possible efforts to make her dream true. She has cracked the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest (ASSC) exam for three consecutive years.

Bengaluru Nidhi Mayurika Cracks NASA

You must be thinking you are smart enough doing 9 to 5 job, but there are people in India who are way smarter than us. There are people around the country who made us proud on several occasions, you may have heard their stories and achievements. But, today we are going to tell you about a class 9 student Nidhi Mayurika, who lives in Bengaluru but she ruled the world for her talent.

Yes, we are talking about 15-year-old Nidhi Mayurika, aspires to be a cosmologist in future, is making all possible efforts to make her dream true. She has cracked the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest (ASSC) exam for three consecutive years. This exam is considered to be one of the toughest exam in the world. Yes, she has been participating in NASA’s exam since, 2016 and has won the first prize in all the three years.

This ambitious girl Nidhi Mayurika, while speaking about her dream and passion she told Edex live, “When I was in Class 5, I’d always take part in the science competitions held at the school level. Seeing my interest, my school principal told me about the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest (ASSC).”

You will be shocked to hear, Nidhi Mayurika has designed a three-layers colony in space, you would not believe some of her ideas will leave your eyes open.

While explaining about her space colony Nidhi Mayurika said, “Saikatam is a three-layered space colony for human settlement at Earth-Moon Lagrange Point. It is a space colony for humans to survive, evolve and self-sustain. The space colony is akin to Earth with life gases, artificial gravity, water, and food.”

Bengaluru Nidhi Mayurika Cracks NASA

“Initially, my colony [will be able to] hold 4,000 humans and 1,000 domestic animals and will be located on the L5 Earth-Moon orbit that is approximately 3.85 lakh km away,” she told the Economic Times.

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The day she enrolled herself for the competition for the first time in the year 2016, Mayurika used to keep herself busy and spend at least two hours extra after coming to school for her project. Her Physics teacher has guided her a lot in order to get ahead of the grid. This brilliant girl enrolled for online courses in astrobiology from The University of Edinburgh, Boston University, the Australian National University etc.

In 2016, when the NASA contest had announced that the students must design something on the lines of the virtual space colonies in which settlers can live inside a gigantic spacecraft, Nidhi Mayurika dedicated all her time after school working on the project called Saikatam.

She explained saying, “Saikatam is a three-layered space colony for human settlement at Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 5 situated at 3,85,000 km. It is a space colony for humans to survive, evolve and self-sustain. The space colony is akin to Earth with life gases, artificial gravity, water, and food.”

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Nidhi Mayurika’s 2017 award-winning project was Soham, which is a satellite used to launch satellites in the space. “Soham is a habitable space colony located 350 km away from Earth at LEO, to build and launch satellites, comprising of an Inflatable Space Station,” Nidhi said.

In the year 2018, Nidhi Mayurika won the first prize at ASSC. This time, she designed a space colony called Swastikam. “Swastikam is a space colony built for synthetically designed and created organisms to adapt, evolve and be independent in the new ecosystem. This helps organisms adapt to change in conditions such as radiation, heat, continuous daylight and lack of gravity,” she explained.

Her three-year consecutive wins reflect Nidhi’s determination to make a career in cosmology. “I had two reasons for participating in this contest. Firstly, this was a platform for me to express myself, my ideas about space and its elements. The other reason is that I wanted to represent my country. After all, we Indians have been able to prove many theories with the power of imagination alone like the Theory of Parmanu (atom), solar systems and many more,” Nidhi said.

The amount of time she spent after school has helped her to achieve what she’s always dreamt of. Nidhi’s dedication is commendable and an inspiration for all of us to take up something that challenges us and broadens our horizons.

We Times Trends team wish Nidhi Mayurika aspiring cosmologist all the best and look forward to seeing her represent India on an international platform, one day.

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