NASA Earth Day Video Contest

Deadline: May 31, 2012
Open to: Anyone interested
Prize: Behind-the-scenes access to the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite, in January 2013


To mark Earth Day 2012, you are invited for the second year in a row to create your own compelling video vision of NASA’s exploration of Earth -The Home Frontier. Submit your creation and a panel of judges will select the best submission, with a fitting award on the line.

Produce a short video that captures what you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understanding of Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it using the instructions below so it can be easily found. After the contest ends on May 31, they’ll feature the best entry – chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators – on and contact you to arrange for the LDCM launch tour. They must be able to reach you via your YouTube contact information. Guidelines are designed to encourage maximum creativity:


There are no particular requirements for the applicants of the competition.


The winner will receive behind-the-scenes access to the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in January 2013. LDCM will continue the longest-running satellite record of Earth observations. The first Landsat satellite launched in 1972. The winner of the video contest will get a guaranteed spot on the NASA Social tour and viewing of the launch. These spots are typically chosen by a lottery system.

While the winner will join a group of NASA fans receiving special access to the Landsat mission and the rocket launch itself, he or she is responsible for transportation to and from Vandenberg Air Force Base and should plan on using a car to get around the area as there is no local public transportation. NASA will not provide transportation to and from the Air Force Base. Because the launch and tour ensures privileged access to a working military base, we will assist the winner to obtain a Vandenberg security clearance.


Upload your video to YouTube and tag it using the instructions below:

  • Submissions should be short. Think movie trailer or advertisement or simply your own personal statement. Say, 1 to 2 minutes at most. If you think you can do it in 15 seconds, go for it.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that any use of video, imagery or music meets copyright and fair-use laws. Any entries that do not meet this standard will not be considered eligible.
  • The video should use some elements from NASA’s vast collection of Earth imagery and data visualization, which is free and available to the public. We’ve collected some of the best here, as a starting point.
  • We hold final judgment on whether submissions will be acceptable and appropriate for this contest.
  • By submitting a video to the contest, you grant NASA a royalty-free, irrevocable right to reproduce, publish distribute, perform, display, create derivative works of the submission, or otherwise use the work for Federal purposes, and authorize others to do so.
  • Tag your video with this exact language – “NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012” – to ensure that it will be  found.
  • Bookmark this page for updates and to see the winning entry, which will be posted here shortly after the contest ends.
  • Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter through @NASA and @NASAGoddard.

This contest officially opens for submissions on Earth Day, April 22. Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

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