MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Diane Ainsworth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 14, 1998
NASA SPONSORS MARS SURVEYOR '98 MISSION LOGO CONTEST
Budding artists and those with a flair for computer graphics
have an opportunity to support NASA's next mission to Mars by
designing a logo for the Mars Surveyor '98 orbiter and lander
Anyone may enter the contest, said Cathy Davis, logo contest
coordinator and a member of the Mars Exploration Program Office
at JPL. "We're interested in flashy, eye-catching designs that
convey the excitement of this mission to Mars," she said.
Logos, which are multi-colored and typically about the size
of a person's palm, can be any shape, such as square, oval or
rectangular, and depict a variety of scenes relevant to the Mars
Surveyor '98 mission. "Artists should avoid adding a lot of
small detail to their designs because the detail will be lost in
the final format, " Davis said. Designs can include images of
the orbiter and lander spacecraft, the planet Mars, the southern
polar cap region in which the Mars Surveyor '98 lander will land,
or the spacecraft's trajectory from Earth to Mars. Designs may
also carry the institutional logos of JPL, the NASA "meatball"
and Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver.
Designs will be judged on style and content, and the winning
entry will become the property of JPL for use as the Laboratory
sees fit, Davis said. The Laboratory also reserves the right to
modify the winning design for accuracy and compliance with JPL
graphics standards. Entries are due no later than February 4,
and should be mailed to Cathy Davis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1129, Pasadena, CA 91109. For
further information, contact Cathy Davis at 818-354-6111. The
winner will be announced on February 6.
"The contest winner will have the prestige of seeing his or
her creation on the Mars Surveyor '98 spacecraft, as well as on
Mars Surveyor '98 memorabilia, T-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, CD
ROMs and other merchandise," Davis added. "These products will be
developed for educational and public outreach purposes."
For additional information about the Mars Surveyor '98
mission and logo designs from the last two missions to Mars --
Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor -- visit JPL's Mars
Missions home page at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.
The Mars Surveyor '98 mission is the next set of spacecraft
to be launched to Mars under the auspices of NASA's Mars Surveyor
Program. The mission is designed to trace the evolution of Mars'
climate and search for water in the Martian soil. The Mars '98
orbiter will be launched Dec. 10, 1998, from Cape Canaveral, FL,
and arrive at Mars on Sept. 23, 1999. A companion lander will be
launched from Florida on Jan. 3, 1999, and touch down near the
south pole of Mars on Dec. 3, 1999.
The spacecraft are in development at Lockheed Martin
Astronautics in Denver, which is NASA's industrial partner for
the mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA,
manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science,
Washington, DC. JPL is a division of the California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena, CA.