Christmas in Space

Contest Info

  • Started: 12/23/2008 17:00
  • Ended: 12/26/2008 18:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 17
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Christmas in Space
Contest Directions: Santa may be checking his gift list, but the astronauts on board of the International Space Station (ISS) will spend all of Christmas in space. Despite the absence of gravity and being so far away from home, the ISS crew will be having their own Christmas party - with Santa hats, plastic Christmas tree, and holiday feast including smoked turkey with cornbread dressing and candied yams.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop Christmas in space any way you like. E.g. dress up astronauts, decorate shuttle & International Space Station, put the Christmas tree on the moon, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 12/23/2008 17:00
    • Ended: 12/26/2008 18:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 17
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
17 pictures
  • Reindeer Christmas Astronaut

    Reindeer Christmas Astronaut
  • Santa Astronaut

    Santa Astronaut
  • Christmas Tree on the Moon

    Christmas Tree on the Moon
  • The Creation of the First Christmas Ornament

    The Creation of the First Christmas Ornament
  • Christmas on Mars

    Christmas on Mars
  • Santa Astronaut Ready for Space

    Santa Astronaut Ready for Space
  • Earth Christmas Ornament

    Earth Christmas Ornament
  • Christmas Nativity Moon Base

    Christmas Nativity Moon Base
  • Earth Wearing a Santa Hat

    Earth Wearing a Santa Hat
  • Mr Spock Gets Lucky Under the Mistletoe

    Mr Spock Gets Lucky Under the Mistletoe
17 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: In the 13th century, at the time of Saint Francisco Assisi, a custom was started to set the manger in which the figure of the Young Jesus was laid in churches for worship. With the passing of time, mangers were used not only churches but also in houses before Christmas. Domestic dignities – models in glazed boxes represents the Young Jesus and near by the mother of God, Joseph, angels, shepherds who have come to worship and also animals – ox, donkey etc. Sketches of the way of public life etc. are also represented: peasants in national suits are positioned near the saint family. The church and public customs were spliced harmonically in the celebration of Christmas. In catholic countries, the custom of carol singing by visiting children and young people at houses, singing well wishes has become very famous. In reply, the Christmas caroler receives gifts: sausages, fried chestnuts, fruits, eggs, pastries, sweets etc. Stingy owners are made fun of. Different types of masks in the form of animals participate in the processions; this action is accompanied by reveals. This custom was condemned several times by the church authorities as pagan, and gradually Christmas carolers started visiting only relatives, neighbors and close friends. The tradition of setting the fire in homes, the "Christmas log" certifies the remains of the pagan worship of the sun in Christmastides. By observing different ceremonies grandly the Christmas log was brought home, burnt, and by simultaneously offering prayers and cutting a cross on it (an attempt to reconcile pagan rites with Christian religion). The Christmas log is covered with grains, poured with honey, wine and oil, food items were kept on it, and it is treated as a living thing, cheered up with wine glasses. In the celebration days of Christmas, the custom to change the Christmas bread has started – special sweet wafers in churches during Advent time – and before the feast meal and during the welcoming feast greetings. Some insights about the life in the ISS: The days pass quickly at the International Space Station (ISS). And again it is time to get into the ship, but not in the one, by which they arrived from earth, but the other ship, which brought members of the ground crew of the ISS about six months ago and has since been on duty at the station as a lifeboat. When retro engines are switched-on, which brings the ship from orbit, then the positive forces during the descent in the atmosphere (if everything goes smoothly) does not exceed 4 units. However, sometimes the ship breaks off during the ballistic descent, where the crew experiences an acceleration of up to 10g and even more, though for a brief period. Hence, very strict regulations are maintained for the health of space tourists. Unfortunately, the orbital flights for space tourists may be discontinued for an indefinite period, since the permanent crew of ISS will be increased to six people from the spring of 2009. For their to and fro transportation, double the size of "Soyuz" may be required and vacant seats for travel will not be available on them. Accordingly, the new tourist flights have not being planned. However, there is one exception. In June 2008, the company "Space Adventures" has announced an agreement with the Russian Space Agency for launching the first ever private space mission to the ISS in the second half of 2011. Especially for this purpose, a separate spacecraft "Soyuz-TMA" will be ordered and constructed, which will have a place for two space tourists and a professional Russian cosmonaut. This "Soyuz" will be specially equipped for a more comfortable flight and for conducting educational, scientific and applied experiments. Moreover, they say that the future space tourists will be in special spacesuits and can enter into open space and spend up to one and half hours there. It is not excluded that, the crew of the first tourist spaceship includes an American of Russian origin, Sergey Brin, one of the founders of the Google search engine. He has already made a deposit of 5 million USD to the "Circle of orbital researchers" – the consortium of future space tourists, established within the frameworks of Space Adventures. According to the company, candidates who pay this fee, will have a reservation in the "Soyuz" and thus stand a better chance of going into space.