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Postcards from Venus: Enter the Planetary Society Art Contest
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ESA's Venus Express mission will be the first spacecraft in more than 10 years to visit our nearest planetary neighbour. To celebrate a new phase of exploration of Earth's sister world, the Planetary Society has teamed with ESA to invite youths and adults worldwide to enter the Venus Express Art Contest.
This is a chance to win a trip to mission control in Darmstadt, Germany when Venus Express arrives at its destination in April 2006.
The theme of Venus Express Art Contest is 'Postcards from Venus.' Contest entrants are invited to imagine the surface of Venus from an above-ground perspective – a bird's eye view of a mysterious world whose volcano-riddled surface contains few impact craters, indicating a planet where resurfacing on a global scale has taken place within the last 500 million years.
Anyone may enter the contest in either the Youth (age 17 or under) or Adult (18 or over) category. Only one entry per person is permitted, with no group entries allowed. Artwork based on the contest theme may be created in any two-dimensional artistic medium, including computer-generated art.
The artwork should be of Venus itself, rather than the Venus Express spacecraft. Each finished piece should be the size and shape of a postcard (approximately 10 by 15 cm).
Artwork may be mailed or submitted online. Visit http://planetary.org/postcards_from_venus/ for the complete contest rules and an entry form.
To enter by mail, entrants should mail their artwork to:
Venus Express Art Contest
65 N Catalina Ave, Pasadena
California, 91106, USA
Artwork mailed to The Planetary Society becomes the property of the Society and cannot be returned.
The deadline for all entries to be received – by mail or online:
13 January 2006, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
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