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NASA’s Langley Research Center Centennial Art Contest

NASA’s Langley Research Center Centennial Art Contest

On July 17, 2017, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will turn 100. We’re doing a lot to celebrate that major milestone, and one of the things we’re most looking forward to is this, our Centennial Art Contest. After all, NASA Langley is a hotbed of inspiration. Just imagine: Back when manned flight was still in its infancy, our researchers helped propel the United States to the forefront of global aviation. The first men to walk on the moon trained here. And well before climate change was on tips of everyone’s tongues, we were already studying Earth’s atmosphere. Today, we continue to inspire. We’re still revolutionizing the way aircraft are built. We’re looking well beyond the moon, all the way out to the dusty red surface of Mars. And as our climate continues to change, we’re studying it from all angles in order to better understand what we can do to preserve our beautiful planet. At NASA Langley, we’ve never been afraid to let our imaginations fly. We can’t wait to see what happens when you let your imaginations fly, too!

2016 Contest Winners

Contest Invitation

NASA Langley Research Center’s Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication and Business Development is inviting children grades K-12 to use their talents, imagination, and knowledge of NASA to create original artwork for NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Art Contest entitled, A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future. This 100th Anniversary Art Contest is intended to illustrate how NASA research and innovation is propelling science forward to new discoveries; and to highlight how NASA discoveries help build a better world, one full of new opportunities, technologies, and ways to understand ourselves and protect and conserve our home planet, Earth.

Contest Theme and Inspiration

 NASA Langley Research Center is asking students to illustrate their interpretation The 100th Anniversary of NASA Langley, using the theme “A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future.” The following NASA Langley Research Center focus areas may provide some additional inspiration:

Stephen Provost with the Boeing BWD model being prepared for testing.

  • Aeronautics:
    • (1) aeronautic contributions related to civil; commercial, and military aircraft;
    • (2) futuristic air vehicle concepts and design;
    • (3) environmentally responsible aircraft and operations that reduce emissions and noise while boosting fuel economy; or
    • (4) improved air traffic management and safety.


Orion Water Test Drop 08/24/16 NASA Langley Research Center

  • Exploration:
  • (1) development of new spacecraft and rocket concepts and design;
  • (2) robotic missions to scout new destinations for future human exploration;
  • (3) plans that support commercial crew transportation; or
  • (4) extended stay missions to other celestial bodies.



  • Earth Science:
  • (1) improved understanding of the nature and effects of climate change;
  • (2) instruments and spacecraft to investigate our atmosphere;
  • (3) technologies and tools to increase knowledge about Earth and its systems;
  • (4) flight missions that discover particles in the air and how they travel around the globe.


Contest Deadline

The Art Contest submission period begins November 1, 2016 and concludes on December 31, 2016 at midnight EST. We are asking schools, organizations, and community groups to encourage parents to submit one entry per student. A grand-prize winner will be selected from all entries and a first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winner will be selected for each grade level. 


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