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

April’s drawing prompt:

Earth is a great planet to live on because it has a wonderful atmosphere around it. This jacket of gases does a lot for us. It keeps us warm, gives us oxygen to breathe, and it’s where our weather happens.

When sunlight reaches Earth's atmosphere, it is scattered in all directions by the gases and particles in the air. Blue light is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves, causing us to typically see a blue sky from our view here on Earth.

Sometimes, though, we see different colors and things in the sky. Rainbows, clouds, glowing sunsets, auroras, stars and satellites are among the other things we might view in Earth's atmosphere.

Earth Day is on April 22, 2021! Use your imagination to draw your favorite view of Earth’s sky! What would be in your sky? Is it a blue, sunny day? Or is there a bright, colorful rainbow surrounded by fluffy clouds? Maybe a dark sky dazzled with stars? Get creative and submit your art before the deadline on April 30!

Submit your drawings between 4/1/21 and 4/30/21. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of May!

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!

March Art Challenge Selections

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2021! Use your imagination to draw your favorite view of Earth’s sky!


Alana, 9

Allie, 7

Ariana, 10


Cohen, 13

Diya, 11

Elizabeth Grace, 12



Kenny, 8

Lyla, 7


Mihran, 7

Nevina, 10

Oliver, 6

Sabrina, 13


Sofia, 8


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article last updated April 8, 2021
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