Nine school kids from Kolkata on their way to NASA!

The annual contest, operated by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS) is open for school kids up to 12th grade from across the world.

A bunch of school kids from Kolkata have been selected for a dream trip to NASA. Nine students from Kolkata's Narayana school have been selected for NASA's Space Settlement Contest this year.

The annual contest, operated by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS) is open for school kids up to 12th grade from across the world.

Students are asked to develop space settlement designs with a focus on survival in the outer space maintaining Earth-like atmosphere.

This year NASA had received more than 1,500 submissions from 6,000 students across countries. Of which, 60 school teams from India have made it through this year.

Both the teams from Kolkata's Narayana school - Stellar City and Leben-1 have been chosen for this prestigious competition. Stellar City comprising five seventh grade students have secured the 3rd Rank out of 60 teams from India, while team Leben-1 made of four class nine students have found mention in the competitions 'Honourable Mention'.

The team of nine have received the coveted invite to visit NASA to present their project on 25th May. "We had spent a lot of time on the project being unsure of it being selected. The project was pretty tough but we are happy to have accomplished it with help from our teachers," quipped Ashin Biswas, a seventh grader.

"There were four projects which we had sent but two got selected. We are proud of our students who have managed to complete this project in 86 days. They will now travel to the US and present their project at NASA," said Aparna Chakraborty, proud principal of the school.

With inputs from Arindam Bhattacharya