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A program of the National Space Society

Imagine & share with us the exciting environment of Low Earth Orbit in one of many ways.  

Are you ready for the next great adventure?  To mark the first steps of the National Space Society's Enterprise In Space (E(S) program that will send over 100 student experiments into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), we are offering this worldwide search to find a group of kindred spirits to embark on this exciting adventure challenge. 

We want to see what a low Earth orbit adventure means to you!   Imagine yourself as a professional engineer, designer, advertiser, writer, or artist that has been hired to create promotional materials about LEO and its environment.  What topic or aspect about LEO would your choose to promote?  What format would you use to present it to your customer?   Show us, and you could become part of history as one of the first groups of students to win the chance to virtually make this incredible journey into low Earth orbit. 

You can be one of the first EIS virtual crew members!



What is LEO?  LEO stands for Low Earth Orbit and is a region of space located between 150 and 2000 km (99 and 1200 miles) above Earth's surface.  Learn about, imagine & share the exciting LEO environment as a professional engineer, designer, advertiser, writer, or artist that has been hired to create promotional materials about LEO and its environment.

The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Art Challenge uses the LEO environment in bringing science, math, and art into a product that assesses organization, creativity,  and knowledge of space science, and LEO.  An overview of the LEO environment will be discussed including the  objects to be found and phenomena occurring in LEO.  Such things include space debris, solar wind, space weather, aurora, satellites, rockets, International Space Station, and spent rocket parts.  The LEO environment itself contains and exhibits microgravity, vacuum, radical temperature changes, pressure, sparse atmosphere, radiation, and magnetic and electric fields.  

 In this challenge, participants will choose one of the many objects or phenomena associated with the LEO environment and create a ‘zine’ using words and artwork. A zine is a small 8 page booklet that was once known as a prozine or fanzine and used by science fiction writers, like Ray Bradbury. In the 1930’s. Zine authors used zines to discuss a “subject they loved to talk about the most—science fiction."  The zine dates back to the Revolutionary War and is a means of portraying an idea, story, or information. The participants will work in groups to produce a zine with a treatment of some LEO concept or connection. The zines produced will be shared and discussed as a way to bring STEAM into any lesson.  Addental resources will be provided. 


All entries should be informational and should include factual information about at least one of the following...

  • Things that can be encountered in the LEO environment - like space debris, solar wind, space weather, the aurora, micro-meteoroids, radiation belts, etc.
  • Things common in LEO - like satellites, rockets, International Space Station,  rocket parts, etc.
  • The LEO environment itself - like microgravity, vacuum, radical temperature changes,, pressure, sparse atmosphere, ionosphere, radiation, magnetic fields. etc.
  • Types of orbits -  like circular, elliptical, polar, equatorial, etc.
  • About what LEO is.

Show us what the spirit of adventure in low Earth orbit means to you in one of the following formats...
  • An 8 page (4 page double-sided)  zine booklet no larger than 2 x4.25 inches  (5 x 11 cm) -- See "What Is A Zine?"
  • A 4 x 5 inch (10 x 12.7 cm) double-sided postcard-style or index-style card
  • An 8 x 10 inch ( 20.3 x 25.4 cm) double-sided lithograph


The above entry type option chosen needs to include one or more of the following content elements -..

    • informational content
    • written text  (legible print or typed)
    • humorous cartoon(s)
    • short graphic novel or comic book style graphics
    • original graphics by entrant
    • original artwork by entrant
    • NASA produced photos

All submitted entries MUST BE  THE ORIGINAL WORK of the person submitting the entry. 



June 30, 2019

at 23:59 UT

Last version of this contest ended June 30, 2018

Winners will be announced by end of July


  • All full-time students at any grade level between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible.
  • All students under age 18 must have parental permission to participate.
  • All entries must be the original work of the student entrant.  Open-source photos from NASA may be used.

  • One LEO Art Challenge submission will be awarded the Grand Prize for being the best submission overall.
  • Up to 12 (twelve) entries will be selected as First Prize recipients from different grade level and type categories.  These include grades 5-8, 9-12, and undergraduate (ages 10-22).
  • Prizes will only be awarded at the Grand and First Prize levels if qualified entries are judged as meeting the standards for artwork of that award level. It may be that the quality of artwork received in any given year does not meet judging standards as stated per the Judging Guidelines for a particular award level and as such, no prize in that category would be awarded that year.
  • Other additional pieces of art may be selected for Honorable Mention.

    All accepted entries will receive certificates of participation. All winning entries will receive certificates of merit. 

See Prizes and Awards page for more details