Rajan Vivek of Arizona and Prasanna Krishnamoorthy from Delaware are among 10 finalists of NASA’s 3-D Space Container Challenge that asked students to design models of containers that could help astronauts keep things in order in space.
Rajan’s Hydroponic Plant Box container tackles the challenge of containing water in a microgravity environment, while plants grow roots in it. NASA said Hydroponics would be very effective in space crafts because it requires less space and plants grow faster and stronger. Prasanna developed a Collapsible Container, that can expand and compress to fit its contents. When empty it can compress fully to easy storage.
The winner of the competition was Ryan Beam of California whose ClipCatch design will allow astronauts on the space station to clip their fingernails without worrying about the clippings floating away and potentially becoming harmful debris.