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Hey, Class of 2020! SpaceX and NASA want to launch your photo on historic Dragon flight

SpaceX and NASA are collecting photos of students to create a mosaic of Earth to send to space with SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission, set to launch May 27, 2020.  (Image credit: SpaceX)

If you're a student, you can become a part of spaceflight history.

To celebrate the 2020 graduating classes, SpaceX (opens in new tab)and NASA (opens in new tab)have put out a call for students to send in their photos to go to space. The student photos will fly aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on the Demo-2 (opens in new tab)mission, which will take off for the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

At the website here (opens in new tab), you can upload your photo until Wednesday (May 20). Your photo will be added to a mosaic image of Earth, made up of images of students from around the world. Once it's time for launch, the mosaic will be printed out and flown on the mission, which will carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. 

"Submit your photo today to fly with the crew on Dragon and commemorate your achievements!" SpaceX wrote on its website

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How SpaceX's Crew Dragon space capsule works (infographic)

This is a great opportunity for graduates of all ages, whether they are graduating from kindergarten or college, to make their accomplishment even more special. Right now, in-person graduations around the world have been canceled in lieu of virtual options because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. 

But, while you might not be able to celebrate graduation with a cap and gown and a traditional walk across a stage, you can commemorate it by sending (a photo of) yourself to space!

Demo-2 will be SpaceX's first crewed launch and the first crewed orbital spaceflight to depart from American soil since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011. The mission will test the capability of SpaceX's Crew Dragon craft, which will soon begin operational flights if all goes well.

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Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.

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  • cliffgraham5
    Admin said:
    If you're a student, you can become a part of spaceflight history.

    Hey, Class of 2020! SpaceX and NASA want to launch your photo on historic Dragon flight : Read more
    I signed up two of my grandkids that are 2020 graduates and sent in their photo's. I thought it said that they would be notified within 48 hours where their photo would be located. We never heard anything and it has been 2 weeks since we sent in the photos. Is there a way to find the location of their photos? Thanks, Cliff