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  • Mission Patch Contest

    For each space flight that occurs, astronaut crews design unique, personalized mission patches to represent their mission. Patches include elements that describe the mission's purpose, as well as the name of the space vehicle and the mission number. Each patch is unique in its shape and colors. Your objective is to design your own mission patch.

    Things to Consider:
    Imagine being part of a future NASA mission. What will your mission accomplish? Will you run any experiments? If so, what type? Another option is to highlight one or more of Space Explorers' programs, including Mission: Solar System (Mars Explorer, Marslink®, Moonlink®, NEARlink®), Orbital Laboratory®, or K-3Space®.

    Patch Successful patches should contain the following elements:
    1. A picture that shows the purpose of your mission and your space launch vehicle
    2. A 1-2 sentence mission objective summary
    3. A mission number
    4. The first names of your crew (Please do not include last names)

    Contest Rules:

    1. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 17, 2004. (Please include a note if you would like us to send back your original entries.)
    2. Students may work on patches in groups or individually.
    3. Please keep the size of your mission patch to one side of an 8.5" X 11" piece of paper.
    4. Include teacher's name, school name and address, student's name(s), and grade level on the back of each the entry. If an electronic entry is submitted, include this information in the e-mail.
    5. Include one Submission Release Form with your class' submission.

    Judging Criteria:
    Entries will be judged by Space Explorers staff. Submissions will be judged according to three age categories:

    • Kindergarten-3rd grade
    • 4th - 6th grade
    • 7th grade - High School

    Mission patches will earn points for creativity, design, and following project guidelines. Bonus points will be awarded for e-mailed submissions.

    Submit entries via e-mail to chrissy@space-explorers.com or mail entries to the following address:
    Space Explores, Inc.
    c/o Chrissy Paape
    1825 Nimitz Dr.
    De Pere, WI 54115

    Winners will be notified by mail with a Certificate of Achievement in January 2005. The first place mission patch design in each category will be made into an actual patch that can be attached to clothing. The teacher will be sent 50 of these patches in March 2005. Winning submissions in each category will also be showcased on Space Explorers' website.

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