NASA’s Langley Research Center asked kids from the Hampton Rhodes area of Virginia to create art in keeping with the theme “The Future is Now.” The results are wonderful.
Much like the drawings and written predictions of American kids from earlier generations, there is a healthy mix of both optimism and pessimism. Optimism, it would seem, that we will one day conquer the stars in a way that our grandparents had only dreamed. Pessimism, in a way that can only be communicated with a handful of arctic animals surrounded by melting ice and an oppressive sun rising behind them.
Like all kids artwork, the masterpieces ranged from funny to beautiful to profound, with a dash of what-exactly-is-that-supposed-to-be thrown in for good measure. Here are some of our favorites, but you can see them all on NASA Langley’s Flickr page.