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Student art contest timeline

March 15
Contest opens
April 8
Contest closes
April 16
Public voting begins
May 6
Public voting ends
May 20
Contest winner announced!

Send your name & message to Mars activity timeline

May 1
Activity opens
July 1
Message activity closes
July 15
Public voting begins on messages
July 29
Public voting ends on messages
August 8
Message contest winner announced!
September 10
Name activity closes

November 18
MAVEN launch period opens

Send your Name & Message to Mars contest rules

Only adults 18 and over may create a log-in to submit a name and message, either for themselves or on behalf of their child/student. By doing so, they indicate that, should the message they upload be selected as a winner, they will provide: 1) their or their child’s/student’s first name and state/country for publication online, 2) proof of their or their child’s/student’s age, and 3) if the winner is a minor, written parent’s/guardian’s permission to publish the child’s/student’s first name and state/country online with the child’s/student’s message. Only one name and one message per person is permitted.

Messages must be in English and be in the form of a haiku poem. For the MAVEN contest, we are defining a haiku as a poem made of three lines; the first and last lines must have exactly five syllables each and the middle line must have exactly seven syllables. All messages must be original and not plagiarized in any way. By participating in the Going to Mars message contest, contestants (and their parents/guardians) transfer all copyright on the messages submitted to the public domain. The University of Colorado–Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU-LASP)/NASA MAVEN project is not responsible for the misuse or misrepresentation of submissions after their public release. Plagiarism allegations will be the sole responsibility of contestants.

Contest winners will be determined by public vote via an online interface on the Going to Mars campaign website. Vote is limited to once per message per person.

CU-LASP/NASA MAVEN project reserves the right to reject any name or message submitted to the Going to Mars campaign that is inappropriate or in violation of the rules; to remove any submission from the website without prior notification or consent; or to change rules or application of rules in the best interests of the MAVEN project.

CU-LASP is running the Going to Mars campaign on behalf of the NASA MAVEN project.

Student art contest rules

Only parents/guardians/educators 18 and over may submit their child’s/student’s art. By doing so, they indicate that, should their child’s/student’s design be selected as the winner: 1) they will provide the child’s/student’s first name and state/country, as well as written parent’s/guardian’s permission to publish the child’s/student’s first name and state/country online with the child’s/student’s artwork and 2) they will provide proof of the child’s/student’s age. Only one entry per child/student is permitted; submissions may not contain words or equivalent other than the required phrase, “I’m going to Mars with MAVEN!”.

All artwork must be original and not plagiarized in any way. By participating in the Going to Mars contests, contestants (and their parents/guardians) transfer all copyright on the material to the public domain. The University of Colorado–Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU-LASP)/NASA MAVEN project is not responsible for the misuse or misrepresentation of submissions after their public release. Plagiarism allegations will be the sole responsibility of contestants.

Contest winners will be determined by public vote via an online interface on the Going to Mars campaign website. Vote is limited to once per design per person.

CU-LASP/NASA MAVEN project reserves the right to reject any entry to the Going to Mars campaign; to remove any entry from the website without prior notification or consent; or to change rules or application of rules in the best interests of the MAVEN project.

CU-LASP is running the Going to Mars campaign on behalf of the NASA MAVEN project.