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Indian American wins NASA prize
Suman Guha Mozumder in New York | May 24, 2007 00:11 IST
Indian American student Tapasya Das from New Jersey has won the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge beating thousands of competitors who showcased their vision for space.
The winning pennant, titled 'Education 4 Exploration' will fly on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted to launch this August.
The entries required students to research, apply what they learned, and write an explanation of their design and how their pennant incorporates their knowledge about the STS-118 shuttle flight or America's long-term exploration strategy, known as the Vision for Space Exploration.
The Vision for Space Exploration is the program that will see humans return to the moon and then travel to Mars and beyond.
To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America's young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining students in education efforts that encourage their pursuit of disciplines critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific and technical missions.