The Museum will open at 12pm on Weds, Nov. 30 and will be closed on Thurs, Dec. 1 for student programming.

Moonshot Poster Contest

Moonshot Museum, Penn State’s Readiness Institute, Astrobotic, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education invite Pennsylvania students in grades 3-12 to participate in a statewide poster contest celebrating America’s return to the Moon this year, an achievement powered by Pennsylvanians.

How to Participate

  • Students may produce their poster submissions independently at home, during classroom time, or during out of school learning programs at community centers, libraries, or summer camps.
  • Students may use either computer programs or traditional art supplies to create their poster.
  • Teachers, parents, or guardians will email student poster submission and the completed terms and conditions form for consideration to postercontest@moonshotmuseum.org (detailed below) before submissions close on November 30, 2022.

Contest Themes
Students are encouraged to create a poster that reflects one or more of the following aspects of the Peregrine mission:

  • History in the Making: Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander will be the first private commercial spacecraft to land on the lunar surface and the first American spacecraft to land on the Moon since the Apollo era.
  • Commercial Space Industry: Peregrine will carry payloads from companies and countries around the world and deploy a small rover to search for underground tunnels or “lava tubes,” potential sites for future lunar settlers.
  • Flight of the Falcon: The lunar lander is named for the peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on Earth.
  • Powered by Pennsylvania: Peregrine is being constructed at Astrobotic Headquarters on Pittsburgh’s Northside, with metals and electronics built by Pennsylvanians. The spacecraft will launch aboard a rocket from Florida, but once it has left Earth’s atmosphere, Astrobotic Mission Control will coordinate the lander’s journey to the Moon.

A panel of judges from across the STEAM disciplines in Pennsylvania, including art and science educators and space industry professionals will judge submissions ahead of Astrobotic’s launch in late 2022. Winning entries will be selected across three grade ranges: Elementary (Grades 3-4), Middle School (5-8) and High School (9-12). Pennsylvania will be divided into major geographic regions, each consisting of multiple counties. A regional 1st place award certificate will go to a winning entry in each region.

State Award Winners will be selected across a range of categories, such as: Science Communication, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Creativity. State Award Winners will be invited to a VIP Tour at Astrobotic Headquarters in Pittsburgh, around the time of the Peregrine mission if schedules permit. Travel will be at the winner’s own expense.

All poster contest submissions will be included in a digital payload on a future mission to the Moon!


To Submit an Entry

Email a digital file in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format and completed Moonshot Poster Contest Terms and Conditions form to postercontest@moonshotmuseum.org by November 30, 2022. In the body of your email, please include the following information:

  • Name of the submitting student
  • Age and grade of the submitting student
  • Name of submitting student’s school (note that only Pennsylvania students may enter submissions for this contest)
  • Phone number of the submitting student’s parent, guardian, or teacher

Click here to access the Moonshot Poster Contest Terms and Conditions Form
Note: This form MUST be included in the submission email in order for submissions to be considered.

Please direct any questions about the Moonshot Poster Contest to postercontest@moonshotmuseum.org.