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Contest: Halloween Costume Contest

NASA Blueshift is having a costume contest this year! That’s right – we were so inspired The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon dressing up as the Doppler Effect that we want to see your best geeky science costume!

Send us a photo of your space, astronomy, physics, or science-based costume! We’ll choose our three favorites and award some prize packs of NASA goodies to the winners!

Costume Contest Prize Pack

Submit your photo to: blueshift @ bigbang . gsfc . nasa . gov (just remove the spaces)

So that we know that you actually took the photo yourself, please include a handwritten sign in your picture that says something like, “Happy Halloween, NASA Blueshift!” (You don’t have to cover up your costume though!) We just want to make sure that you’re not in competition with someone else who stole a photo from the internet and entered it as their own original creation.

Entries are due by November 6, 2011, at 11:59PM EST. (We know some Halloween parties can happen the Saturday after Halloween, so we wanted to give you extra time.

We will announce our winners during November 2011.

We do have some really simple rules:

  1. Don’t use copyrighted material.
  2. Don’t use any offensive imagery.
  3. We reserve the right to reject submissions that violate these two rules.
  4. You retain copyright to your own design – but your entry gives us permission to repost your work on NASA sites and associated external social media.

Any questions? Leave a comment or drop us a line through our feedback form (at the top of every page)!

And after the break, we’ve got the obligatory legalese and some photos of geeky costumes.

Here are a few examples to get you inspired:

The Periodic Table

Credit: Weremonkey


Yuri's Night Bay Area 2007
Credit: “Scott Beale / Laughing Squid”

Sputnik AND Laika:

Sputnik & Laika
Credit: Foxtongue

You could even go miniature! Here’s Timmy the Monkey’s cleanroom suit!

Cleanroom Suit
Credit: @SpacePlumr

Bonus points if you actually wear your costume in space!

Hallowe’en Harmony
Hallowe’en on the International Space Station. Astronaut Clayton Anderson wears a vampire cape while working in the newly-installed Node-2 Harmony module. Credit: NASA


Important: Please read these rules before entering this contest. By entering the contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and you represent and warrant that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements set forth below.


Entries are welcome from contestants in all countries worldwide. To be eligible to enter the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older. Employees and their immediate families, and their respective household members, of NASA and NASA contractors directly associated with this contest, are not eligible to enter.

The entry period for the contest begins on October 24, 2011, at 12:01PM EST. and ends on November 6, 2011, at 11:59PM EST. All deadlines and time periods found in these Official Rules will be based on United States Eastern Time. NASA Blueshift’s server is the official time keeping device for all aspects of the contest.

To enter the contest, you must create an original costume based on space, astronomy, or science themes, and then submit a photo to NASA Blueshift during the entry period. All entries must be received by the contest end date. Submitted designs may be a photograph of a handmade paper craft item, or a design template to be used for the creation of such. All photographs must include a handwritten message to NASA Blueshift to verify that the image was taken specifically for the contest. Entries will be emailed to blueshift @ bigbang . gsfc . nasa . gov (just remove the spaces). Entries by any method other than set forth above are void. Any use of automated or programmed methods of affecting entry is prohibited. Duplicate, invalid, incomplete or illegible entries are void.

You must be willing to have your entry featured and published on NASA websites and/or otherwise distributed, in connection with, or to promote, the contest, the website NASA Blueshift and/or NASA. By submitting an entry in the contest, you have agreed to grant NASA Blueshift a non-exclusive, fully-paid, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicense-able and transferable worldwide license to use, reproduce, transmit, display, and distribute the contents of your entry, in whole or in part, in all media, formats and channels now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity.

By submitting an entry in the contest, you represent and warrant to NASA Blueshift that the entry and everything depicted therein are original to you and do not originate from another commercial or proprietary source and do not infringe upon or otherwise violate any right of any person, firm or entity. Your entry may include elements of NASA images for the limited purpose of creating an original artistic item inspired by NASA and NASA’s programs for entry into the contest. Your entry may not contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, harassing, defamatory, libelous, infringing or otherwise objectionable or unlawful as determined by NASA Blueshift in their sole discretion. You further represent and warrant that: [1] You have all rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the entry in accordance with these rules; [2] no person or entity other than you has any right, title or interest in and to any part of the entry; and [3] You are not subject to any agreement or arrangement that would interfere with your entering this contest and granting all the rights granted hereunder or that would conflict with any other documentation required hereunder. NASA Blueshift may, in their sole discretion, disqualify and remove any entry or contestant that they deem to be in violation of these rules at any time.

Neither NASA Blueshift, nor any of their officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, or representatives are responsible for entries from persons who do not meet the age requirements; or entries that are altered, delayed, destroyed, forged, fraudulent, illegible, inaccurate, incomplete, irregular in any way, late, lost, misrouted, multiple, mutilated, non-delivered, stolen, tampered with, unauthorized, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; miscommunications; failed phone, computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions; technical failures; unauthorized human intervention; traffic congestion; garbled or jumbled transmissions; undeliverable emails resulting from any form of active or passive email filtering; insufficient space in contestant’s email account to receive email; or other errors of any kind, whether due to electronic, human, mechanical, printing, production or technical errors or other causes. NASA Blueshift is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winner. Void where prohibited or restricted by law and subject to all applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of NASA Blueshift or NASA.

NASA Blueshift and a designated panel of judges will review entries received and select at least three entries to receive prizes. Each winner will receive a package of NASA materials selected by NASA Blueshift. Prizes have no cash value, as all prize materials are distributed freely by NASA. Potential prize winners will be notified via email on or about November 15, 2011. Odds of winning a prize will depend on number of entries received.


  • Yuruany Arrieta says:

    Pleaseee!!! say the winners now! i posted my photo 5 days ago and it feels like it has been forever!

    • Sara Mitchell says:

      Yuruany – The contest closed yesterday and we’re looking through the entries! We plan to announce the winners later this week!

  • Katie coffey says:

    Niiice for the winners ;)
    NASAblueshift yall should continue doing contest to win a pack of NASA goodies ;)
    and i was just wondering does the pack contain a NASA shirt?

    • Sara Mitchell says:

      Katie – We’re planning to run more contests soon! The prizes contain an assortment of goodies that we’ve got around here – each one is a little different!

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