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

Astronauts and Lander on the surface of the Moon. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 23.08.2007]
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, Va., is sponsoring the "Life and Work on
the Moon" contest. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $1,000.
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 extra-terrestrial 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, W. Va., and the Christopher
Newport University Institute for Science Education in Newport News,
Va. 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, including NASA's resources about
the moon, visit:

http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov