Space art beamed to the moon

KRISTINA IODICE Updated: May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: May 17, 2012

Winning submissions in the Space Foundation's annual Student Art Contest have taken flight traveling an additional 277,000 miles, including that of a Colorado Springs student.

Two of the winning pieces of artwork, both in the 6th through 8th grade painting category, were selected by media artist Daniela de Paulis to be part of her worldwide OPTICKS project, which projected ten digital images onto the surface of the moon on April 28 and intercepted the altered reflections, thus creating new images.

The "bounced" Space Foundation art was created by:
- Syed Nofal Shah Bokhari of the Army Public Schools and College in Kohat, Pakistan, who won first prize and grand prize.
- Raquel Arens of Eagleview Middle School, who won second prize and the Space Foundation Achievement Award.

It's not the first time the space art has traveled to space. Digital versions of last year's winners are all permanently on board the International Space Station.

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