Space Brothers Art to Adorn H-IIA Rocket
posted on by Eric Stimson
The Himawari 9, a meteorological satellite, will launch sometime this year with an H-IIA rocket. It will carry artwork from Space Brothers — the first time in history a rocket has been decorated with manga art.
The Dream Art Rocket Project will use two illustrations drawn by Chūya Koyama, the creator of Space Brothers. One shows the manga's characters as kids, while the other depicts a rocket blasting off. The Young Astronauts' Club - Japan wants the rocket to carry children's dreams, so the artwork will be composed of about ten thousand miniature drawings and photos collected from children across Japan. The only requirement for the submissions is that they be about "dreams."
"All the kids' dreams will become one work, so we hope that it will have the power to make their dreams come true," said Leiji Matsumoto, head of the Young Astronauts' Club. Koyama was also optimistic about the project: "Watching the lift-off, the kids' hearts will leap at the path stretching up high, and their dreams and passion will continue into space."
If you'd like to make a submission, send it here. No, you don't have to be under 18. The deadline is June 12.
The H-IIA rocket
kasarinchu, who perform the seventh Space Brothers ending theme, "New World," recently held a concert at the Tanegashima Space Center.