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2015-06-05 / Education

Cardinal O’Hara student’s artwork may appear on moon


Shannon Gilmartin, a sophomore at Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda, shows off her one-line drawing that will be sent to the moon from Cape Kennedy in 2016 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Shannon Gilmartin, a sophomore at Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda, shows off her one-line drawing that will be sent to the moon from Cape Kennedy in 2016 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Shannon Gilmartin, a sophomore at Cardinal O’Hara High School, has been involved in a project called “Moon Drawing,” which will potentially display her artwork on the surface of the Moon.

Gilmartin was introduced to the project by Marie Clark, the high school librarian.

As part of an initiative at Carnegie Mellon University, the “Moon Drawing” project was designed by the Moon Arts Group, inviting artists to submit drawings to extend artistic expression to the moon.

The project required the pictures to be one-line drawings. The image had to be created using one continuous line with no breaks.

Gilmartin’s image was one of 8700 that were submitted for the project. Her one-line drawing design was “oharahawks,” the school name and mascot.

All submitted images will be etched on a sapphire disc, which will then be sent to the moon, and potentially traced by a robot rover into the moon’s soil.

The disc containing the artwork will be contained in a sculpture called the “Moon Arts Ark.” The sculpture will be conveyed to the moon by Astrobotic Technology and the CMU Planetary Robotics Team from Cape Kennedy in 2016. The etched artwork could potentially remain there for millions of years.

For more information, and to view Gilmartin’s drawing, visit www.moondrawings.org/drawing/0zjm6uid.

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