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23rd Annual Student Art Competition and Exhibition

DAYTON, Ohio -- More than 150 pieces of art created by local students from schools across the Miami Valley will be on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force during its 23rd Annual Student Aviation Art Competition and Exhibition.

Student artists from schools in Montgomery, Greene, Miami and Clark counties created artwork to celebrate two special anniversaries. Eighty years ago, Dr. Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first liquid-propellant rocket, and 30 years ago, the Viking I landed on Mars and became the first spacecraft to operate on the surface of Mars. Thus, the theme for this year's competition is "From Goddard to Mars."

Dr. Goddard is known as the father of modern rocketry, and many contend that his invention is as important to aerospace history as the Wright brothers' first flight. Viking I marked the first U.S. landing on another planet, and it continued to transmit photographs and other important data back to earth for more than six years.

Student artwork on display was judged in seven, grade-based categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and special education grades K-6 and 7-12.

The exhibit may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the museum's Missile & Space Gallery from April 1 through May 7.

For more information on this and other museum events, please call (937) 255-3286, ext. 302.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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