OPTIONAL National Challenge: The Next NASA Mission Patch

For Individuals or Groups (2-5 students per group) — Maximum points: 100 (50 per entry; 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Mission patches are a NASA tradition used to commemorate significant milestones in space exploration. Each patch is designed to highlight the purpose and goals of the mission. And now, NASA is looking for your help to create their next patch commemorating the “VEG-05” plant growth experiment where Red Robin tomatoes will be grown aboard the International Space Station. Your challenge is to design a mission patch that celebrates this historic experiment and write a brief explanation of your inspiration. The winning design will be chosen and reproduced by NASA. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, November 28, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022

Electronically submit the following:

For each Mission Patch, uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

  • Student 1: Combined PDF file (Design + Description)

  • Student 2: Combined PDF file (Design + Description)

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Design and written description must be saved as a single pdf file and uploaded to entry form. PDF file name must include school name and student name
 Entry accurately depicts the next space plant experiments aboard the International Space Station
 One-page written description includes story behind mission patch design and any symbolism used
 Artwork must be an original hand-rendered (2-D flat) design created by the student
 Entry should be drawn on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (see  details on evaluation sheet). Entry may be in black and white or color: in ink, pen, pencil, fine-point marker, or paint. Simple lines are best and avoid color gradients
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see National Challenge Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various national standards (PDF)

Project Introduction by Dr. Gioia M., Plant Scientist at NASA Kennedy Space Center (video)
Project summary on VEG-05 (video)
Project details on ’Red Robin’ dwarf tomato plants and light levels (PDF)

Background information:
NASA: Growing plants in space
NASA: Veggie fact sheet
NASA: Veggie activate to growth system activated on International Space Station
NASA: Veggie Patch

NASA eClips: Our world: Mission patches
National Air and Space Museum: The meaning of mission patches
NASA: Mission patches
NASA: History: Mission patches
Space Center Houston: Colorful, creative, and iconic NASA mission patchesD

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