Lunar and Planetary Institute
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Life and Work on the Moon:  What Images Come to Mind?

August 27, 2007
Source: NASA

Arist's concept of astronauts and robots working together on the Moon.A new NASA contest encourages university art and design students to partner with science and engineering departments to create art representative of living and working on the Moon. The goal is for students in the arts, science, and engineering to collaboratively engage in NASA’s mission to return humans to the Moon by 2020, and eventually journey on to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.

The Advanced Planning and Partnership Office at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is sponsoring the “Life and Work on the Moon” contest. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $1000. Winning artwork also will be exhibited online and across the country.

Students in architecture, industrial design, computer design, the fine arts, and other disciplines are invited to submit entries in one of three categories:  two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, or digital art. To ensure artistic concepts reflect the realities of the harsh lunar environment, art students are strongly encouraged to consult with science and engineering students and use NASA’s online resources.

A volunteer panel of judges will represent NASA, other government agencies, universities, industry, and the professional art community. Judges will evaluate artistic qualities and whether the entry depicts a valid scenario in the context of the lunar environment.

In sponsoring the contest, NASA hopes to encourage more collaboration among scientists and engineers and the artistic and creative communities. Such collaboration may generate new ideas for living and working in extraterrestrial environments, resulting in more successful long-duration space missions.

Winners of the contest will be offered the opportunity to exhibit their work in NASA facilities and science museums. An online public gallery will be available through a partnership with NASA’s Classroom of the Future, maintained by the Wheeling Jesuit University Center for Educational Technologies in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Christopher Newport University Institute for Science Education in Newport News, Virginia. Christopher Newport University will provide cash awards for top prizes.

Entries are due no later than December 1, 2007, and results will be announced in February 2008. A high school version of this contest is planned for the spring of 2008.

For more details about the contest, visit:

Living and Working on the Moon Art Contest

For more information about lunar exploration, visit:

The Vision for Space Exploration

Exploring the Moon



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