The international Humans in Space Art Program invites participants to think about the future of space exploration and to creatively communicate their ideas through visual, literary, musical, and video artwork. The Program then makes these ideas viewable through multi-media displays and performances online, locally worldwide and in space. These events give artists visibility, engage the global community in dialogue about issues of shared interest, and shape the future.

Past Humans in Space Art Program activities included three projects, providing opportunities for participants of different ages and levels of experience. For more information about these projects, including online artwork galleries and display and performance information and videos, please visit

Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

This youth art competition encourages youth aged 10-18 years old to be “inspired, creative, and heard” by submitting visual, literary, musical and video artwork about the future of space. For the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 contests, 3200 artists from 52 countries submitted entries, and 250 judges from 32 countries evaluated their artwork. Major sponsoring partners included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Aerospace Medicine.

Artwork was displayed at over 86 events worldwide, and more exhibits are planned for 2016. Tour events included the 2011 and 2013 Humans in Space Symposia Opening Ceremonies, with symphony, choir, dancers, poetry readers, folk and pop vocalists, and projection of youth visual art. Later tour events included artwork flown on the International Space Station and bounced off the Moon using radio waves. Terrestrial events of varying types and sizes were held in multiple cities around the United States, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, China, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Greece, and Denmark. Project reach is further amplified by online galleries, press releases, and social media.

Humans in Space Art Challenge

The Challenge engages college students and early-career professionals. In 2014, NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space supported a video contest, and a jury of celebrities from the entertainment industry and astronauts selected the final winners. 160 artists from 16 countries participated, and the winners received a monetary award and screening of their video in space on the International Space Station.

These films toured at 16 venues in 2015, including in Hollywood, and continue to tour through 2016.

Humans in Space Art Celebrity Artist-Fed Engagement (CAFÉ)

The CAFÉ Project invites professional artists to work with scientists and engineers to support the development of space-inspired artwork of all types.

In 2013, the Japanese artist and designer Sputniko! created a music video to inspire girls to become space engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. The video is showcased online and was presented as an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Istanbul Design Biennial.