And what’s it all about?
A contest for the most impressive view of the Red Planet’s north pole…
Starting today and until the 18th of May, precisely a week before the arrival of Phoenix to the martian arctic, we invite everyone, with no imposed limit of age, to show us how do you imagine the Phoenix landing site will be like.
The conditions to participate in this event are...total freedom of creative expression!
Create it, recreate it, shape it, draw it, digitalize it, paint it, photograph it!
Dream! Imagine! Think! Celebrate! That is the motto, to celebrate Robert Peary’s robotic successor on the north pole of ANOTHER planet.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this contest so…do it yourself, bring your kids, grandchildren, cousins, brothers and sisters, parents, neighbours, pets and work colleagues, Are you a teacher? Get your students into the party!
Let us admire your views, your martian mounds, boulders, ice, clouds, snow, life…let us admire your creativity!
And there will even be prizes for the winners…including Phoenix merchandise and a signed copy of the book Life in the Universe: A Begginers Guide, by Lewis Dartnell, spacEurope’s resident astrobiologist, but there may be surprises...
The most important thing is, remember, to be part of it!
And all the participants will see their work published in a downloadable poster.
The jury that will decide who's the winner, to be announced on the 24th of May, the day before landing, at spacEurope, but also on the Phoenix official website, is, for now, composed by spacEurope's crew which includes its editor, Rui Borges (Hey! That’s me!...), Stuart Atkinson, our “Through the Clouds to the Stars” columnist, Nicholas Previsich, the man behind “The Dream Unfolds” articles and the already mentioned resident astrobiologist, Lewis Dartnell, but not only…we will also count with the precious collaboration of Carla Bitter, who has been developing an extraordinary work as Education and Public Outreach Manager for the Phoenix Mission. Until the end of this week more developments on this issue and the official prizes will be revealed.
Now the details…every participant is allowed to send a maximum of two works which must arrive spacEurope's e-mail in *.jpg format with a minimum of 300dpis of definition required.
That’s it…as simple as it can get.
Are you still there?!
Get yourself to the martian north pole right away!
We will wait for your postcards…
Start sending us your works or any additional doubts you may have to spacEurope’s e-mail adress.
EDITED at 15:19UTC: Stuart Atkinson has a great article at his Cumbrian Sky blog on this issue.
Read it here.