CASE STUDY(Final Round)


There are moments in our past which define the progress of the intelligent beings as an exponential success in space. These instances are incredible in paving future research. But every coin has a flip side. NSSC'18 awaits a detailed study of such cases, considering all the pros and cons. Bring out the analyst in you, because we, of all, are more than excited to meet him.


Over the last hundred years, the human population has exploded from about 1.5 billion to more than seven billion, driving an ever-increasing demand for resources. Asteroids could one day be a vast new source of scarce material if the financial and technological obstacles can be overcome. There are hundreds of thousands of them, ranging in size from a few yards to hundreds of miles across. Small asteroids are much more numerous than large ones, but even a little, house-sized asteroid should contain metals possibly worth millions of dollars.
Asteroid mining is the exploitation of raw materials from asteroids and other minor planets, including near-Earth objects. Minerals can be mined from an asteroid or spent comet then used in space for construction materials or taken back to Earth. However, it is yet uncertain whether asteroid mining will develop to attain the volume and composition needed in due time to fully compensate for dwindling terrestrial reserves.
Rosetta is a cornerstone mission to chase, go into orbit around, and land on a comet. It is studying the Jupiter-family comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with a combination of remote sensing and in situ measurements. The spacecraft arrived at the comet on 6 August 2014 following a 10-year journey through the Solar System. The Rosetta orbiter tracked the comet through perihelion, examining its behaviour before, during and after.
Several other missions have been planned that will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-Rex.


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  • Format: The final presentation should be created in Microsoft Powerpoint format (.pptx, .ppt). Teams are instructed to have a USB drive with the complete presentation available at the starting of the event.
  • Time Limit: The presentation should not exceed 12 minutes. Marks will be deducted for exceeding time limit.
  • After the presentation the judging panel and other participants will ask questions to the presenting team. Marks will be awarded to the teams that ask relevant questions.


  • Team Size: The maximum permissible number of members in a participating team is 2. However, they need not belong to the same institute/college/university.
  • All teams must come with their slides prepared in a USB Drive in Powerpoint Presentation format (.ppt, .pptx). Entries without the above details will not be accepted.
  • Top 3 teams will be awarded by Certificate of Excellence for the event.
  • Prize money worth 20,000 INR will be distributed to the winner teams.
  • The diagrams should be neat and clearly labeled and images must be given credit
  • You may draw your own labelled illustrations wherever required and embed paper work as images wherever necessary.
  • The plagiarism in content shall not be accepted and the entry shall be cancelled.


  • The event consists of 100 points with report consisting of 35 points (Round 1) and presentation 65 points (FINAL ROUND).
  • The teams have to wrap up the presentation within the given limits. A warning bell shall be issued one minute before the end of time.


  • Indrashis Haldar

  • Srivatsan Senthil