Born to explore

share your vision & win out-of-this-world prizes

We send out emails to all winning participants. Congratulations to all winners.


The first human to walk on Mars is probably already born. Therefore, both the the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) are promoting the “Born to Explore”-challenge, calling for both elementary, high-school and university students to voice their vision on where space exploration will take us. Let 100 astronauts know what the next steps will be, and which destinations lie ahead of us!

Contest rules of Born to Explore

  • Eligible for participation are students aged 6-25 who are studying at Austrian schools or universities.
  • Entries can be submitted by individuals and by groups of up to 3 people.
  • Send us your visions / ideas on the contest topic “Born to Explore” based on your respective age category:
    • 18 – 25 years: Research topic of your own choice (e.g. planetary sciences, astronautics, astrobiology, interplanetary communications, …)
      as a video (max. 1 minute), picture, poem, article, etc.
      only in English
      Example topics
    • 12 – 17 years: Settlement
      How would you settle a planet that is unlike Earth in case the planet is extremely cold/hot, made of water, full of volcanoes, etc.? Don’t forget, humans get hungry and have other needs!
      as a video (max. 3 minutes), picture, poem, article, etc.
      in English or German
    • 6 – 11 years: How do you imagine your spaceship that will explore space in 30 years? What has to be on board for you to enjoy the journey?
      as picture, poem, article
      in English or German
  • Deadline: 15th September 2016

We are looking forward to your ideas. Send them to!

Let us know the name of your school or university and the “Bundesland” (federal state of Austria). Please send us a link to your videos (on YouTube, your blog, Flickr, Soundcloud, etc.) if they are larger than 3 MB.
Thank you!



ESA EAC (c) ESA (D.Baumbach)

First prize

A two-day exclusive tour of the European Astronaut Center in Cologne for you and a person of your choice: Have a look at where Europe’s astronauts are training for their missions, meet & greet space explorers and get an exciting first-hand, exclusive look-behind the scenes of human spaceflight missions. The award will be giving during the Grand Award Ceremony on 04th October 2016 in Vienna.

ASE2015 Sweden Community Day (c) Henrik-Palmberg

Win-an-astronaut visit

How about a visit of a real astronaut to your school on 05th October 2016? During the Community Day of the ASE2016 congress, we are sending astronauts across Austria to meet with students. How about they come to your school because of your contest-entry?

ASE2015 Sweden Community Day (c) Mot nya höjde

Meet & Greet astronauts!

Would you like to shake hands with someone who has left Earth for a while? Have your own photo with an astronaut and talk about his or her spaceflight experience face-to-face? Winners will have the ability to meet with astronauts in their region and spend time with the space explorers on 05th October 2016.


Goodie-Bags and Give-Aways

Win mission and ASE2016 congress patches, pins, polo shirts and many other space memorabilia!