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Current Challenges
This section features opportunities for citizen artists to participate in current NASA challenges.

Three planets side by side Comparing Earth Landscapes

April 20-21st, 2013. 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.
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?”
ESA kids name the mascot competition ESA: Name Our Mascot Contest

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

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.
digital learning network banner image NASA's Digital Learning Network Event

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.
banner for the rock around the world invitational 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.