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Mars Mission Patch Design Contest

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Grades K-2 Winners:

1st Place
Anina Mishra
“Terraform Mars”
Grade K

2nd Place AND Popular Vote Winner
Ishaan Khanna
“Mars Mission Patch Design Contest”
Grade 1

3rd Place
Erin Duffy
“Next Stop Mars”
Grade 2

Grades 3-5 Winners:

1st Place
Do-Yun (Paul) Kim
“Mission Mars”
Grade 5

2nd Place
Ashish Mishra
“Terraform Mars”
Grade 3

3rd Place
Irene Im
“You’ve Reached”
Grade 5

Grades 6-9 Winners:

1st Place
Ruoyan Li
“Mission Mars (Return Mission)”
Grade 7

2nd Place – TIE
Marlee Mulcahy
“Mars 2020 Perseveranace Rover”
Grade 7

2nd Place – TIE
Arpith Mishra
“Terraform Mars”
Grade 7

2nd Place – TIE
Sara Munro
“A Mission for All of Us”
Grade 9

Grades 10-12 Winners:

1st Place
Xavier Foo
“The Red Planet”
Grade 10

2nd Place
Lana Ingerslev
Grade 10

Special Talents Winner

1st Place
Alex Sherman
“Monkey and Frog Robot Mars Mission”
Grade 5

Mars is Calling!

To celebrate our summer of Mars, the Museum of Science is holding a Mars Mission Patch Design Contest. Let your love of art and adventure join forces!!

Open to youth entering grades K-12 with an additional challenge for grades 9-12!! See below for Submission Parameters.

Mission patches are emblems designed and worn by astronauts and people affiliated with a mission. The patches depict an image associated with the mission and generally list the names of the crew. Mission patches have been worn by astronauts since 1965.

Mission Objective

  • Design a patch for a mission to Mars.
  • The mission can be a real, planned mission like Mars Sample Return, or it can be for a future crewed mission with you in the commander’s seat, or anything between and beyond!
  • Use one of the provided standard mission patch templates, OR create a shape of your own.

Mission Window

Submit your patch between July 24 and August 11 at 11:59 pm EDT.

We will announce the winners (first, second, third) for each category on August 17.

Submit Your Patch Here

Mission Parameters

  • Youth Artists must be entering grades K – 12.
  • All entries must be two dimensional and original works (Artificial Intelligence (AI) is trained on others’ work, and therefore is ineligible for this contest.)
  • Entries will be divided into the following grade categories:
    • Grades K – 2 (rising)
    • Grades 3 – 5 (rising)
    • Grades 6 – 8 (rising)
    • Grades 9 – 12 (rising)
    • Special Talents: This is an optional category for K –12 artists with special needs who prefer to submit their artwork in a different category than their current grade.

Grades 9 – 12…Let’s make this a bit more fun! Please follow NASA’s official mission patch design parameters.

  • Use no more than 8 solid colors.
  • No gradient colors or photography, with the exception: If you work in physical media (paint, embroidery, etc.), please submit a photograph of your final design.
  • Letters and names must be at least one quarter inch tall.
  • Names are not required.
  • There must be a one-sixteenth inch wide border around the outside of the patch.
  • The patch size is limited to 16 square inches of surface area (e.g., 4" square).

Digital File Requirements

  • We can only accept artwork in the following formats: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP, .TIFF, .SVG
  • Resolution of 300 dpi.
  • The Museum maintains the ability to not accept submissions that are blurry, difficult to view, or not on theme.


  • Entries must be received by Friday, August 11, by 11:59 pm EDT. Late entries will not be judged.
  • Each artist is allowed only one art submission.
    • If you are submitting art on behalf of multiple children, please fill out a separate entry form for each child.
  • Judges will use the following criteria to determine a winner from each category.
    • Expression of topic or theme (Exploration of Mars)
    • Impact and originality
    • Craft, composition, and design
  • There will also be a Social Media Popular Vote Winner for the artwork with the highest number votes. Votes will be collected via a link that the Museum of Science will share on its social media accounts from August 12th – August 16th. (The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of designs presented for voting.)
  • Winners will be announced August 17, 2023.
  • Winning artists will receive a four pack of exhibit hall admission tickets to the Museum of Science. Winning artworks will be displayed at the Museum of Science, made into a 2024 calendar, and the winning designs will be shared on the Museum of Science’s social media pages and website.

Submission of the artwork grants the Museum a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish your student’s/child’s artwork in our educational and promotional print and digital materials, and on social media. All published artworks will be credited [Artist’s First Name, Grade].

Mission Patch Examples