NASA Space Place Art Challenge!

An illustration of a paintbrush painting a galaxy.

Do you love making art and using your imagination? So do we! Every NASA mission starts with a creative idea about how to explore something in a new way.

The art challenge:

In this new activity, we’d like to challenge young explorers to think about and draw a space-related situation each month. And after the month is over, we’ll select a few imaginative drawings to be featured on the NASA Space Place website!

So, get ready to exercise that creative brain of yours! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Art supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, paints – whatever you like to use)
  • A grownup helper with a camera or scanner and access to email

November’s drawing prompt:

Later this month, a new spacecraft named Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will be launching from Earth! This new spacecraft will orbit our planet. It will provide information that will help researchers understand how climate change is changing Earth's coastlines–and how fast this is happening. It will also help to improve weather forecasts by providing meteorologists with information about our atmosphere.

Draw your interpretation of the launch! What will it look like when Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launches?

Want to learn more about launches and see some images for inspiration? Check out this article and video on how we launch things into space!

If you’re interested in more information about how we measure sea level from space, here’s a great article and video from our friends at NASA Climate Kids.

Submit your drawings between 11/1/20 and 11/30/20. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of December!

How to submit your art:

Once you’ve gotten your ideas on the page, have a grownup take a photo or scan of the drawing and email the following to

That’s it! Have fun creating and we can’t wait to see your drawings!

October Art Challenge Selections

Draw an underwater scene of the ocean on Europa and what you think we might find there!

Aanya, 10

Adalyn, 8

Adam, 6

Alannah, 12

Andre, 7

Avery, 6

Ayla, 11


Cassandra, 12

Daksh, 8

Evelyn, 9

Grace, 9

Heidi, 7

Hridyansh, 9

Manjunath, 14

Maraxus, 12

Margaret, 11

Mari, 13

Mathulyaa, 5

Nathaniel, 10

Norah, 9

Paridhi, 6

Raj, 8

Reyansh, 4

Sahana, 5

Susanna, 6

Thillai, 9

Yogi, 10


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article last updated November 3, 2020
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