As the space shuttle program winds down, DIYers and tinkerers are commemorating the occasion with their own creations. To inspire the 5.8 million users of Etsy, an e-commerce site focused on homemade goods and original art, NASA hosted a “Space Craft” contest.
The contest aimed to inform Etsy users — the majority of whom are women around age 35 — that it’s not all over after the shuttle. NASA’s future exploration plans could provide inspiration for all kinds of arts and crafts — black hole quilts, solar system rings, and more.
Contestants entered creations in two-dimensional original art, reproductions of original pieces, and three-dimensional art. The 2-D pieces included paintings, drawings and mixed media; the 3-D category ranged from wearable art like a space shuttle hat to furniture and sculptures.
A panel of judges, including a PopSci editor, handed down their verdicts in a ceremony on Friday. The grand prize went to a round table inlaid with a star field — press on the north star, and a secret drawer pops open.
There were plenty of other terrific entries — and some perhaps not-so-terrific, but that’s the nature of Etsy. Check out our gallery of the winners and some other memorable entries.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.