Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition now is over!
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition is a space award recently been announced and proposed by the planetary science community giving the chance to all students, young professional cartographers, and graphic artists in any country of the world to participate in planning the first human mission to Mars designing exploration zone maps.
2035 marks the target date for the first human landing on Mars as planned by NASA. In 2015, 47 landing sites or Exploration Zones, each 200 km in diameter, have been proposed by the planetary science community. These should be mapped in high detail in the forthcoming years to enable proper comparison of the 47 sites and the selection of the 1 finalist.
Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition is a space award that gives the chance to all students, young professional cartographers, and graphic artists in any country of the world to participate in planning the first human mission to Mars designing exploration zone maps.
The project is to select one candidate landing site and design an actual map that you envision will be useful in surface operations. You are asked to not simply create a geologic map, but rather a product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. This requires creativity, and it is also useful to have a good knowledge of surface features, surface hazards, science goals and the use of the proper cartographic tools.
There are two main categories in which you can participate:
• Middle or High School Students
• University students and Young Professionals (age limit: 18-35 years old)
The display and format of the maps entirely up to the participants. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper (in the English language). There is no entry fee for this space award.
No Entry Fee!
Who can participate? ⇣
This competition is open to students, cartographers, and graphic artists from all countries.