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Announcing the 2012 Humans in Space International Youth Art Competition

July 11, 2012

The Cradle of Cosmos, a painting by Anastasia Pronina of the Russian Federation, won third place in 2010 in the art category for ages 14-17. The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) invites youth worldwide ages 10-18 to share their visions of the future of space exploration by submitting visual, literary, musical, and video artwork to the 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition.

The competition partners (the German Aerospace Center, NASA, and USRA) challenge youth to communicate their vision of the future while incorporating this year's theme: "How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will they uncover?" Competition judges will include program managers, scientists, artists, teachers, astronauts, musicians, and engineers from all over the world.

Winning artwork will be woven into multimedia displays and performances, providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience and be inspired by the creativity our next generation of explorers. Key venues for the 2012 winners will include the 19th Humans in Space Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Cologne, Germany, in July 2013, and multiple events associated with NASA's 50th Anniversary of Solar System Exploration celebration.

Information about background science, artwork guidelines, and how to enter the competition is available at

Submissions are electronic and are due October 21, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CDT (23:59 GMT -5).

A complete submission for youth artists will have:

James Tabata, a 16-year-old student from Houston, Texas, directs his high school orchestra as they perform his winning musical composition, Fortunam IV:  A Glimmer, during the opening ceremonies of the 18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium held in April 2011. The competition is designed to enhance youth interest, knowledge, and engagement in space science and technology and to encourage young participants worldwide to use that knowledge creatively. Through the multimedia displays and performances of the artwork, viewers also become inspired about the future of space exploration.

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Last updated July 11, 2012