Saturday, May 9, 2009
I do read a LOT of science fiction...
And it's probably why I find this kind of thing so interesting, but it is still amazing how this Grade 12 student won in his age category for an annual NASA competition to design a space colony. His actual design is here - complete not only with tech specs, but proposed education, taxation, government systems as well. And even better, he used free Google software to do most of the sketches.
Conceptually, that's pretty impressive, especially for a 17-year-old.
I know most of the "space exploration" stuff has fizzled out in favour of us taking care of this planet, though we're still doing a lousy job at that. But projects like this -- in relatively close orbit, set up for specific tasks - may be feasible and even necessary someday. Who knows?