NSS Roadmap to Space Student Art Contest

Contest Deadline: October 14, 2023. CONTEST NOW CLOSED! SEE CONTEST WINNERS HERE.

The SmallSat Education Conference in collaboration with the National Space Society’s (NSS) SpacEdge Education Program is looking for student artists to create ORIGINAL illustrations to share their…

Visions of a Future in Space

2017 student art contest Transportation Logistics on Mars
2017 Grand Prize Winner: Transportation Logistics on Mars by Vlad-Adrian Muresan, University of Arts and Design, Romania.

Embark on a visual journey into the future, where the cosmos has evolved into an incredible work of human ingenuity and creativity. Envision a world where the Moon, Mars, asteroids, orbital space settlements, and space elevators are not just distant dreams, but actual realities. Imagine yourself as an inhabitant of space, whether nestled in the lunar plains, establishing life in the rust-colored landscape of Mars, or enjoying the stars in an orbital outpost. As you step outside, what does life look like? Do you see fellow settlers farming crops in domed gardens or scientists creating experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories? As you peer out your window, what do you see? Do you count the CubeSats crossing the sky, observe the working space elevators, or witness the breathtaking expanse of space? What future of space do you envision?

This year’s theme — Visions of a Future in Space — challenges you to channel your creativity into crafting a realistic art piece that captures the essence of what life might truly be like in a future in space.

Your artwork should not only capture a scene, but a glimpse of tomorrow. Let your imagination soar as you create an authentic and visionary portrayal of life among the stars and a future in space.


Saturday, October 14, 2023
(11:59 pm Eastern U.S. time zone)
Winners announced by October 23, 2023.


  • Full-time student between the ages of 10-25.
  • Students 18 and under must have parental permission.


If you have any questions regarding the contest, please email the NSS SpacEdge Contest Coordinator.