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

Space Place art challenge prompt:

There’s a whole lot to be thankful for here, on Earth. We have rainbows, giraffes, trees, mountains, canyons, dogs, and so much more! Earth’s beauty inspires us to create art, help one another, go to the beach, and do all of the things we love to do!

Earth is especially extraordinary because our atmosphere has plenty of oxygen for us to breathe. The atmosphere also protects us from small, rocky objects from space called meteoroids.

NASA creates technology and sends satellites to space to learn more about Earth. NASA helps us understand more about weather, oceans, soil, climate change, and many other important topics. Right now, there are many satellites orbiting Earth taking pictures and measurements.

Want to discover more about all of the unique things Earth has to offer? Click here:

The Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco from above.

The Earth is naturally so stunning and colorful! The Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco are one example. These mountains formed as a result of the collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates about 80 million years ago. Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

The art challenge: What are you most thankful for on Earth? Maybe you love to bake with apples that were grown from our soil. Perhaps you love to jump in puddles after it rains, or into a crunchy pile of leaves in the fall. Draw what you are most thankful for on Earth and submit it to our art challenge!

Submit your drawings between 10/13/22 and 11/15/22. Selected art submissions will appear on the website in mid-November!

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!

This Month's Art Challenge Selections

What are you most thankful for on Earth?

Drawing of a tree with Earth superimposed over it and the Sun shining brightly on the Earth. There are stick figure humans climbing on the tree. The leaves on the tree contain words of things that the artist is thankful for: family, gravity, moon, food, books, parks, trees, plants, art, fire, travel, clothes, shelter, air, animals, water, and sun. Below the tree, there is an upside down car with the words solution and pollution next to it.

Aayansh, 7

Drawing of a rocket flying, the Moon, and the Orion spacecraft.

Abhay, 11

Drawing of a Moon landscape, including a rocket, house, alien creature, astronaut and the Earth in the sky.

Adwita, 8

Drawing of four separate scenes, one of mountains, one of trees, one of the sky with the Sun and stars, and one with a rainbow.

Alondra, 8

Drawing of the Earth with a hopeful smile.

Alyssa, 8

Drawing of a bee flying toward a flower.

Amelia, 9

Drawing of a family of four standing next to a house.

Anika, 7

Drawing of a brick wall with a sunset, mountains and trees beyond it.

Anusha, 9

Drawing of two paw prints in the night sky, one named Cody and the other named Fluffy.

Araely, 12

Drawing of two people dancing, one wearing a dress with trees and a cloudy sky printed on it and the other wearing a suit with music notes printed on it.

Bianca, 15

Drawing of an underwater scene with various fish swimming around.

Evelyn, 10

Drawing of an underwater scene with various fish, sea turtles, whales and squid.

Henry, 7

Drawing of two parrots flying over a forest.

Juliana, 12

Drawing of a meteor shower in the night sky with the word Life written in the middle.

Kathryn, 12

Drawing of stick figures holding hands while standing on top of the Earth. The colors of the stick figures make a rainbow.

Lev Manuil, 15

Drawing of a planet with a pug face in the middle with the words Planet Pug below it.

Lucas, 12

Drawing of a forest with various creatures inhabiting it, including a rabbit, squirrel, owl and parrot.

Luna, 8

Drawing of a rainbow with people sliding down it.

Rahini, 6

Drawing of a tree with an arrow representing carbon dioxide pointing toward it and an arrow representing oxygen pointing away from it.

Rithvik, 8

Drawing of a tree in Autumn with red, orange and yellow leaves.

Simran, 14

Drawing of Earth with stars and the Sun surrounding it.

Sophia, 12

Drawing of an island with two palm trees on it and a sunset in the background.

Yuna, 10


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article last updated November 22, 2022
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