Sai Kiran P a chennai boy took part in the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest, 2017 where he bagged the second position. He proposed an elevator from the Earth to the moon, making a human settlement possible on moon, reported The Asian Age. The contest ]organised at San Jose State University by the National Space Society (NSS).
The competition invited entries from across the world for all 12th graders.
Theme of contest was to design proposal for human settlements on the moon. Sai, who started working on the project in 2013, has a detailed thesis on the same. He titled his project ‘Connecting Moon, Earth, and Space’ and ‘HUMEIU Space Habitats’ and spoke about transporting humans to the moon through an elevator. In the report, he said,
The thesis is mainly focused on setting up recreation, entertainment, governance, and agriculture on the moon. The elevator is planned at a height of 40,000 km. He further added that the design could be lunar-based or Earth-based elevators, whichever is suitable.