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September Contest

This is the first of many contests planned at this Web site. Check here on the first of each month for the directions and rules of each new contest. These contests are open to all students between the grades of first through eighth. The grade categories are as follows:

1st through 3rd
4th through 6th

7th and 8th

Check out the winning entries.

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Read the directions and rules below for this month's contest. We hope you enjoy participating in these activities.

Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test Logo Contest

Contest Description

The Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test Team would like to have a logo design that can be placed on test results, letterheads and possibly promotional stickers. We would like your help in designing this logo. The logo needs to be an original design that does not use any other copyrighted images. Make sure that the design is simple and not cluttered. The logo needs to reflect the following information:

  • Wright Flyer Replica

  • Wright Brothers

  • NASA Ames Research Center's wind tunnel

  • Year of the test (1999)


  1. Scroll down to the next page and view previous NASA logo and mission patch designs.

  2. Create a simple design (Remember it must be original!) that reflects the four points of information from above.

  3. Draw the logo on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of white paper or so that it could be printed on an 8 1/2" x 11"

  4. It is preferred that entries be submitted by e-mail. If this is not possible you may use postal mail to submit your entry.

  5. For E-mail Submission:

    In the e-mail message include:

    • Your name

    • Your grade

    • Your e-mail address

    • Send your art work (saved as a gif, pict, tiff, or jpeg) as an attachment to your e-mail.

    Address your submission to: aerocontest@quest.arc.nasa.gov
    All entries must be e-mailed no later than September 30th, 1998.

  6. For Postal Submission:
    On the back of the paper include the following information:

    • Your name

    • Your grade

    • Your return address

    Put it in an envelope and mail it to the address listed below:

    NASA Ames Research Center
    Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000

    All entries must be postmarked no later than September 30th, 1998.

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged on inclusion of the four points of information, originality, appropriateness to the topics, simplicity in design, neatness and artistic application of the color.

Please note:

All designs must be original and contain copyright-free images! All entries must include on the back the information from item number 4 above. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will not be included for judging. Entries will not be returned unless the entrant includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The logo becomes public domain and will be used by NASA Ames Research Center for purposes of promotion for the Wright Flyer Replica web site, Wright Flyer Replica Wind Tunnel Tests as well as other aeronautical tests affiliated with the Wright Flyer Replica while it is here at NASA Ames Research Center.

All judgments are final and winners will be notified via mail, with the winning entries and entrants' names to be posted on this Web site.

Examples of NASA Logo Designs

Background Information

1. STS-31
The mission insignia for STS-31 features the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in its observing configuration against the background of the universe it will study. The cosmos includes a stylistic depiction of galaxies in recognition of the contribution made by Sir Edwin Hubble to our understanding of the nature of galaxies and the expansion of the universe. It is in honor of Hubble's work that this great observatory in space bears his name. The Space Shuttle trails a spectrum symbolic of both the red shift observations that were so important to Hubble's work and the new information which will be obtained with the HST. Encircling the scene are the names of the STS-31 crew members.
the STS 31 mission patch
2. STS-45
This patch depicts the Space Shuttle launching from the Kennedy Space Center into a high inclination orbit. From this vantage point, the ATLAS (Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science) payload can view Earth, the sun and their dynamic interactions against the background of space. Earth is prominently displayed and is the focus of the missionÕs space plasma physics and Earth science observations. The colors of the setting sun, measured by sensitive instruments, provide detailed information about ozone, carbon dioxide, and other gases which determine the EarthÕs climate and environment. Encircling the scene are names of the STS-45 flight crew members. The additional star in the ring containing the crew names is to recognize Alternate Payload Specialists and the entire ATLAS-1 team for their dedication and support of this "Mission to Planet Earth."
the STS-45 mission patch
3. STS-48
This patch represents the Orbiter Discovery in orbit about the Earth after deploying the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) depicted in block letter style. The stars are those in the Northern Hemisphere as seen in the fall and winter when UARS will begin its study of the Earth's atmosphere. The color bands on the Earth's horizon, extending up to the UARS satellite, depict the study of the Earth's atmosphere. The triangular shape represents the relationship between the three atmospheric processes that determine upper atmospheric structure and behavior: chemistry, dynamics, and energy. This continuous process brings life to our planet and makes our planet unique in the solar system.
the STS-48 mission patch
4. STS-78
This mission links the past with the present through a crew patch influenced by Pacific Northwest Native American art. Central to the design is the Space Shuttle Columbia whose shape evokes the image of an eagle, an icon of power and prestige and the national symbol of the United States. The eagleÕs feathers, representing both peace and friendship, symbolize the spirit of international unity on STS-78. An orbit surrounding the mission number recalls the traditional NASA emblem.

The Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) is housed in Columbia's payload bay and is depicted in a manner reminiscent of totem art. The pulsating sun, a symbol of life, displays three crystals representing STS-78's three high-temperature microgravity materials processing facilities. The constellation Delphinus recalls the dolphin, friend of sea explorers, each star representing one member of STS-78's international crew. The color thrust rings at the base of Columbia signify the five continents of Earth united in global cooperation for the advancement of all humankind.

the STS-78 mission patch


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