Students shoot for Mars.

Two Tipperary students have designed a ship to take humans to the planet Mars.

Tommy O’Sullivan and Darren O’Sullivan, from CBS Thurles, used data from the Nasa website for their blueprints.

The ship also monitors the area around it for radiation pockets so the craft can navigate around


The students displayed their project findings at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012 at Dublin’s RDS. Leaving Cert students Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly, both aged 17, from Synge Street CBS, Dublin 8 won top prize at the event now in its 48th year for their project entitled, “Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem”.

Eric and Mark were presented with a cheque for €5,000, tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 24th European Union Young Scientist competition taking place in Bratislava in September and a Waterford crystal trophy.

Almost 1,200 students from 30 counties covering 550 projects from 221 schools nationwide competed for the coveted title ‘Winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012.’