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New contest will send artwork to the moon

Your artwork could make it here, thanks to a new competition.
Your artwork could make it here, thanks to a new competition. (Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)

Your artwork could fly to the moon.

The Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), a space development company, and the community space program LifeShip have partnered to launch a competition that will send winning entries to the moon

"We’re excited to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts who can express their passion artistically, with a chance of actually sending their work into space," Orbital Assembly CEO Rhonda Stevenson said in a statement (opens in new tab)

The OAC Gravity Art Contest calls for artists to "create an original work of art to promote travel to the on-orbit space stations, especially the world's first gravity-enabled space stations, OAC's Voyager or Pioneer stations," according to the statement. 

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Inspiration for artists will come from OAC's planned commercial space stations, including their flagship project, Voyager station. Voyager's futuristic design uses a giant rotating ring to produce varying levels of near-lunar artificial gravity

OAC aims to host space tourists on Voyager and plans to integrate luxury hotel suites, bars and restaurants into the station, along with accommodation for government astronauts conducting low-gravity research. Construction of Voyager is scheduled to begin in 2025. 

Entries in the new art contest will be judged on several categories, including originality, emotion, whimsy and "gravity in space" and split into two age-related sub-competitions. The youth competition (opens in new tab) is broken up into three age groups — 12 and younger, 13 to 15 and 16 to 17. There's also an adult competition (opens in new tab) for people 18 years and over. 

Winners and runners-up from both competitions will receive a cash prize and coupons to the OAC merchandise shop.

However, there's another prize for both age groups that's literally out of this world. In collaboration with LifeShip (opens in new tab) — a space and genomics company that sends human DNA to outer space — OAC will be sending the top 300 pieces of art from both competitions to the moon as part of a "DNA seed bank and Golden Record time capsule mission," according to the statement.

"Imagine the exhilaration of seeing a work of art that you've created being exhibited on the moon in the first lunar art exhibit. We invite every space enthusiast who envision[s] a visit to space to submit their entry ASAP," Stevenson said.

Competition entries must be submitted to the OAC by May 15. For more information about the competition and its entry requirements, visit the the OAC's website (opens in new tab).

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Scott Dutfield

Scott is a staff writer for How It Works magazine and has previously written for other science and knowledge outlets, including BBC Wildlife magazine, World of Animals magazine, and All About History magazine. Scott has a masters in science and environmental journalism and a bachelor's degree in conservation biology degree from the University of Lincoln in the U.K. During his academic and professional career, Scott has participated in several animal conservation projects, including English bird surveys, wolf monitoring in Germany and leopard tracking in South Africa.