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There are many ways to become involved in space exploration - your contributions matter! The Participate! section features participatory events that have inspired citizen artists to get involved.

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Current Challenges

  • Astronauts and aliens play soccer in space

    Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

    The international Humans in Space Youth Art Competition invites students ages 10-18 to share their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art. The theme for the contest is “How do humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?”

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    Intl Space Apps Challenge: Comparing Earth Landscapes

    This project is to compare different landscapes on Earth with those of other planets and their moons or other bodies like asteroids. The challenge is to create an application that allows the user to compare Earth landscapes with planetary surfaces like the moon, Mars, Mercury, Ceres, Vesta, etc.

  • ESA kids name the mascot competition

    ESA: Name Our Mascot Competition

    The European Space Agency's mascot needs a new name -- what do you think it should be?

  • RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Challenge image of a buggy

    RASC-AL: Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

    The 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Lunar Wheel Design Challenge is a design competition open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. NASA seeks innovative engineering ideas for a prototype wheel to be used on NASA's space exploration vehicle that will withstand the unforgiving environments experienced on the moon and Mars.

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    NASA's Digital Learning Network Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer

    NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s mission control. This special event will take place each Thursday.

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    Rock Around the World -- Scientists Need Your Help!

    Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and we will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. Then everyone can compare their rocks to the ones found on Mars.

Past Challenges

  • In the Participate! area of NASA ArtSpace you can learn how to participate, and about participants

    NASA Space Settlement Contest

    Since its inception in 1994, the NASA Space Settlement Contest has given thousands of students the opportunity to conceive their own space settlement design, using their skills in art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Patch by Blake Dumesnil and Hamilton Sundstrand

    Faces & Names: To Space and Back on the Shuttle

    The idea that it's possible to make regular manned space flights is so extraordinary that it can seem unreal, but the space shuttles flew for thirty years. NASA worked hard to make the shuttle program personal, so that the public would have a sense of ownership of the program and know that the shuttle flights were truly theirs.

  • Image of two winners of the Etsy space craft contest

    Etsy & NASA Space Craft Contest

    The judging for the Space Craft Contest occurred on March 18th, 2011, which showcased the finalists’ work in front of a panel of judges.

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    "Earth as Art" contest from Landsat

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey asked the public to help select the top five "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes in the collection.

  • Clara Ma posing for a photo next to the Mars rover, Curiosity

    Naming NASA's Next Mars Rover: Curiosity

    The rover that touched down on Mars on August 6th was named by a 6th-grader from Sunflower Elementary School in Lenexa, Kansas. The Name NASA's Next Rover contest resulted in thousands of essays submitted by students aged 5 through 18 from all throughout the United States. The winning essay, “Curiosity,” was written by 12-year-old Clara Ma.

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    Hubble Pop Culture Contest

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, the ESA created the Hubble Pop Culture Contest. The competition was open to everyone, and all that a person had to do to participate was to find an example of Hubble imagery in popular culture.

  • Space Life, 2011 Doodle 4 Google Winner

    Google Contest Winner Inspired by Space Exploration

    It all starts with some art supplies, some 8.5 x 11 paper, and a theme. For seven-year-old Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, it ended with red and blue rockets, green goggly-eyed aliens, and $40,000.00 in grant and scholarship prizes.

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    NASA's REEL Science Communications Contest

    So you want to be a NASA Producer? NASA is looking for talented High School students to create videos that engage students in Earth Science. NASA Earth Science missions are kicking off a new video contest engaging high school age students to produce a video communicating Earth Science to younger students.

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    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station -- ARISS

    Do you think your students might enjoy talking to an astronaut in space? Students can fully engage in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with the onboard crew member for approximately 10 minutes, the time of an International Space Station overhead pass.