Imagining NASA’s bold missions to the Moon and Mars just got a boost of creativity. Winners of the Project Mars International Film and Art Competition have been selected from more than 570 entries received that visualize NASA’s work to expand the frontier of deep space exploration.

The competition provided an opportunity to allow college students and early career professionals to learn about NASA’s deep space exploration efforts including the agency’s Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket and Gateway planned near the Moon, and create their vision of what NASA’s leadership in deep space will look like. Entries included film and poster submissions that envisioned NASA’s missions and what astronauts might see, feel and experience on those missions.

Rendezvous With Mars by Mayukh Goswami, Subigya Basnet and Divya More from New York was selected as the winning film. It was selected by a team of judges including former astronaut Nicole Stott, personnel from NASA’s creative team and Gareth Edwards, director of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Mars is in Our DNA by Adrianna Allen from Lapeer, Mich. was selected as the winning poster. It was chosen by a team of judges including Joshua Grossberg, creative director of the McCann New York advertising agency.

NASA is leading the next steps of human space exploration with a series of exploration missions to the Moon and beyond, beginning with the first integrated mission of Orion and the powerful heavy-lift Space Launch System. These missions will help NASA build a flexible, reusable and sustainable infrastructure that will last multiple decades and support missions of increasing complexity, including to Mars.

A sustainable crew presence in deep space will require the best of NASA, its international partners and the private sector. The agency is planning the Gateway, a small outpost that will orbit the Moon, to provide access for human missions to the surface while also developing and testing the technology needed for the trip to Mars.

Project Mars is a collaboration between NASA, SciArt Exchange and Mori and Associates. SciArt Exchange is a non-profit organization based on the international Humans in Space Art program. Participants are invited to creatively communicate science and technology with multimedia artwork, promoting innovation and engaging society in the future of space exploration.

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