Eeshanee Tripathy from Odisha 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.
She is a Class-XI student of Delhi Public School in Rourkela. 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.
The project took Eeshanee more than a year to complete. “And at times failures and frustrations distracted me but finally I succeeded in getting my final calculations right,” she said. Eeshanee said reading The Gita helped her to get strength when she was frustrated and even now after winning the competition.
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.
Eeshanee Tripathy is also an Odissi dancer, a public speaker, a voracious reader and a volunteer for social causes. “Books are my best friends as they open to me the world of unknown and let me know about the best things,” she said.