May 11th, 2009 | Published in Google SketchUp
Maybe it's because I'm a huge space geek, or maybe it's because I'm Canadian, but I find myself tickled pink about Eric Yam. The 16-year-old from Toronto just tied for the Grand Prize in the NASA Space Settlement Contest. Better yet, just about all of the illustrations and diagrams in his 96-page (!!!) report are Google SketchUp models. It's the most exciting space colony for 10,000 people you've seen all year.
You can read all about Eric in this Globe and Mail article from last week. You can even download his report as a full-color PDF. Congratulations Eric – maybe this isn't as far off as most people think.