Primary school students are invited to decorate the International Space Station

on 28 April 2015

Primary school students aged 12 years old or younger are invited to decorate the International Space Station (ISS) by entering ESA's ‘Create your own mosaic’ competition on their own, in a group, or even with their entire class, until 15 may 2015. 

The challenge is to create a piece of mosaic artwork based on one of the following cosmic subjects: Space, Earth, the Planets, the Solar System, the International Space Station, Spacecraft, Launchers, Antennae or even Paxi, ESA’s cute little mascot.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has already decorated the space station with mosaic artwork of aliens, based on the famous video game ‘Space Invaders’ and produced by an artist called Invader himself. Primary school students may recognise the design of the aliens in this video and even get inspired by it.  

After finishing the artwork the students must scan it, or just take a nice picture of it and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 May 2015.

The artist Invader will help Samantha select the most creative, inspiring and interesting artwork and the best ten pieces will receive special cosmic prizes from ESA, as well as prizes from Invader. In additions, the winning artwork will be collected by ESA to be showcased at countless space events in the future.

Primary school teachers can use this competition to spice up the geometry and math lessons by downloading the new ‘Pixel your space’ classroom resource available here.