The Mars Society has awarded prizes to the top five winners in this year's inaugural Mars Colony Design Contest, a prize to design a thousand-person permanent settlement on Mars. The first place prize of $10,000 was awarded to the Star City team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a rendering of which you can see to the right.
We were blown away by the quality of the one hundred entries we received, and were able to expand the winner's pool from the top three entries to the top five.
Several entries, including these top five, will be included in a print book that we are working to publish by late November.
Dr. Robert Zubrin also announced that we will soon be holding a one-million person colony design contest, details of which will be forthcoming.
Here are the top five winners along with renderings of their colony designs.
First Place Winner ($10,000) - MIT Star City (USA)
Second Place Winner ($5000) - Wroclaw University of Science and Technology - Team Twardousky - Poland
Third Place Winner ($2500) - CrowdSpace - Russia/USA
Fourth Place Winner ($1000) - Wesley Stin - USA
Fifth Place Winner ($500) - Ideacity - ...