KUSA - When NASA sends its MAVEN mission to Mars later this year, the spacecraft will be carrying the work of one lucky artist.
MAVEN stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution and is being led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
The project will explore the upper atmosphere of the red planet in great detail, and NASA wants to give the mission a personal touch.
Starting Monday, an art contest will give artists ages 5 to 17 a chance to create a piece in support of the November 2013 launch.
"The Going to Mars campaign is an exciting opportunity for people around the world -- across languages and age groups and perspectives -- to be part of a unique project that could have a profound effect on how we view Mars and its history," CU Boulder's Stephanie Renfrow said.
The winning piece will be chosen through online voting and will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft.
The winner will be announced on May 20.
For more information on the contest visit: http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/.
For general information on MAVEN visit: http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven.
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