NASA Sending Kids’ Art to Space


Artwork by Ariana from Texas | Image by Space Foundation

Many parents think their child’s art is out of this world. For a limited time, children have the opportunity to launch their original artwork into orbit aboard the Boeing Starliner.

Children aged 3 to 18 are encouraged to create artwork that aligns with the prompt “Breaking Boundaries in Space.”

“We’re encouraging students to consider the diverse historical figures who have broken boundaries in space and who have become a first, and have just blazed the trails for those who came after them,” said Lauren Seabrook, a Boeing representative. “The thing about space is it has this really amazing ability to unite and inspire people, and kids globally.”

Like space itself, the possibilities for inspiration are endless, whether depicting Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, or Albert II, the first monkey in space.

The artwork can be created from any media such as paint, mixed media, digital, collage, or sculpture. However, the art must be submitted in a digital format by December 16 at 6 p.m. Applicants must obtain parent or guardian permission. Additional rules for the opportunity can be found here.

The featured artwork will be selected based on adherence to the theme, the quality of the image, and “overall impression.” A hard drive will store selected images and be carried aboard Starliner’s third flight, scheduled for January.

The Starliner is a reusable spacecraft that carries both crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station.

“This is a really cool opportunity for kids all over the world to get a chance to send their artwork inspired by space, to have that artwork flown into space, and to get a chance to receive a certificate that shows that their artwork is actually space flown on the Starliner‘s third flight,” said Seabrook.

“Each student who submits artwork will also receive a certificate of flight back to them, [which] will be signed by Chris Ferguson,” she added.

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1 month ago

I guess NASA ran out of refrigerator doors for posting kid’s art. Just saying. (-;