Pakistani student wins second prize at NASA contest

Published: August 23, 2015
Courtesy: Shah Mir Aizaz Facebook

Courtesy: Shah Mir Aizaz Facebook

A Pakistani boy secured second prize at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Space Settlement Design Contest 2015.

Shah Mir Aizaz, a student of O’ Levels, participated in the annual design competition for students from grade 7 to grade 12, sponsored by the NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society NSS. He won second prize for his design titled, ‘Beyond Infinity – Eros Outer Atmosphere Settlement’.

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Every year, individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six or more are invited from all over the world to submit space settlement designs to NASA Ames for judgement. The contest has been taking place since 1994. This year there were 994 submissions from 3,007 students taught by 380 teachers. Entries came from 21 nations worldwide and 14 different states from USA.

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  • babu
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:14PM

    congrats ! may you motivate more youngsters towards Science and Maths.,away from—Recommend

  • Fahim
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:48PM

    Great workRecommend

  • jax
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:52PM

    This is a great news. Congrats to this kid!

    Another great example that highlights the potential of Pakistani students. I wish Government tries more to help students achieve their true potential!Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Congrats to the young boy. Infact India won the first prize in the same grade with a project titled Atlas submitted by Devam K., Tinsukia, Assam, India (Shiksha The Gurukul), Individual category. Infact India won as many as 14 first prizes from Grade 12 to Grade 7 under small team , big team and Individual category. Just for info and not for chest thumping. Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:34PM

    My cngratulatin to both and pray for good fature both of them.Recommend

  • Omar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:49PM

    @Talking Point:
    OF course…Recommend

  • Adnan Qamar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:15PM

    @Talking Point:
    You should be ashamed of yourself. Why do you come here? Shouldn’t you tell that to Indians and not us?Recommend

  • Khalid Bugti
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:16PM

    @Talking Point

    Wake up! :-)Recommend

  • The Book Says
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:36PM

    Congratulations to the kid and his parents for raising him with the right values.Recommend

  • pk
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Talking Point
    We are not interested in Indian achievemet. Go report it in your newspapers. Why come here to boast without any reference Recommend

  • Saeed ullah jan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:58PM

    *This is great honor for Pakistan. we Congratulate you Recommend

  • Saeed ullah jan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:01PM

    Congratulation Dear.You are great asset of the Country so more Struggle for PakistanRecommend

  • usman777
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Indians like @talkingpoint behavior is the reason i think so many people are turned of by India’s attitudes. He is not chest thumping yet his call name is a hint. Why would we care what grade-school awards were rec’d by people in another country?

    Do you see Americans coming in here telling us they FOUNDED nasa?
    Do you see Russians, Bangladeshis, Iranians, Afghans here?


    Good Job SHAH MIR AIZAZ. We are PROUD of you young man. Remember, no matter your worldly, intellectual and financial successes, remain humble and decent to be a good representative of your country.Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Well done Shah Mir. You have made all of us proud.
    Muazzam Siddiqui.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:45PM

    Well done!Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:28AM

    Congratulations. great job.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:50AM

    @Talking Point:
    What was the number of Indian students entering the various contests?Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:01AM

    Many congratulations to the boy and his parents/teachers….hooray!
    Having focussed on nuclear development all these years Pakistan should now also consider diverting some resources to space research. It needs to move on to making more advanced satellites as well as its own launch facility.Recommend

  • Shiv
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:30AM

    What we Indians are telling you – this is not something we consider news! Recommend

  • JA
    Aug 24, 2015 - 8:19AM

    Good NewsRecommend

  • Stayameva Jayate
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:39PM

    Shah Mir Aizaz HAS NOT “bagged the second place in the competition”. Actually, the contest does not rank all contestants as a whole. Actually winners are chosen separately for each of the SIX standard levels between 7th and 12th standards. There are 25 1st Prize Winners and 29 2nd Prize Winners chosen for the 2015 contest. Mr. Shah Mir won the 2nd Prize for the Grade 10.
    TWO (2) Pakistani contestants were included among the winners and Honorable Mentions.
    And, it must be noted that India has EIGHTY TWO (82) such contestants who were among the winners and Honorable Mentions.
    The above can be verified at: http://settlement.arc.nasa (dot) gov/Contest/Results/2015/index.htmlRecommend

  • Shahzad ali
    Aug 24, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Congratulations to both Pakistani and Indian winners.

    @Stayameva, We, at least I, don’t need to verify any information you are passing, I am sure it happened just the way you described. Recommend

  • usman777
    Aug 24, 2015 - 6:17PM

    SHAH MIR , please surrender your award to India to give commenters “shaant”Recommend

  • ayesha
    Aug 25, 2015 - 2:26AM

    Another proud moment for all Pakistanis mashAllah….we proved it again and as far as above comments related to Indian kids achievements are concerned..
    nobody here is really interested to brag abt it somewhere else….congrats shamirRecommend

  • Abdul Wahab
    Aug 25, 2015 - 11:15AM

    Great achievement, CongratulationsRecommend

  • B. Sivaramakrishna
    Aug 25, 2015 - 12:02PM

    @Talking Point
    @Stayameva Jayate

    Thank you for effort in presenting back ground information on the subject that enables the news item to be placed in the correct overall context. Never mind the only to be expected jealous ire of some Pakistani posters given the massive scale of Indian achievement in the same NASA programme.

    My congratulations to the very many kids that did India proud.Recommend

  • Fareed
    Aug 25, 2015 - 1:03PM

    What school does he attend in Pakistan????????????Recommend

  • hari
    Aug 25, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Congrats kid, may your tribe rise in Pakistan and end the mindlessness of propagating terrorism to neighborhood.Recommend

  • Nasir Ali
    Aug 25, 2015 - 3:37PM

    what a great acheivement for this young mir. Nice workd. New sms FreeRecommend

  • Ghous
    Aug 25, 2015 - 6:20PM

    Congratulations Kid.Keep up the good work . And congratulations to te kid who won secured first position. Indeed he must must have done
    lil better to get first. Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Aug 25, 2015 - 6:22PM
  • nimra
    Aug 25, 2015 - 10:33PM

    I feel so proud!!!! May Allah the almighty bless you kid (Ameen)Recommend

  • usman777
    Aug 26, 2015 - 12:03PM

    Its says right there on the page… this kid won. I don’t know what the indians are saying and then they call us jealous… strange.Recommend

  • Prada
    Nov 3, 2015 - 7:44PM

    This Ames contest at NASA was dominated by Indian students. No prizes for guessing who won first.Recommend

  • Rubeena Omar
    Nov 21, 2015 - 10:43PM

    Good for India. If their kids have done so well they shouldn’t require Pakistanis to boast them. They have crore awaam to do that. Don’t they?? might be right but that’s not the point is it?? When the article is about a specific person you let them be proud. You’d think a larger country would have more ethics..congrats kids ,keep it up !! MARecommend

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