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

October's Space Place art challenge prompt:

Did you know that a new NASA mission is scheduled to launch on October 16? NASA’s Lucy mission will be the first space mission to study the groups of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit. These are called Trojan asteroids. This month’s launch is just the beginning for Lucy: the spacecraft has big travel plans! It will spend the next 12 years visiting and studying 8 different asteroids.

This month’s art prompt: Draw two boxes on a sheet of paper. In the first box, draw something that you’re excited to visit or discover in the next 12 years. In the second box, draw something that you’re excited for Lucy to visit or discover in the next 12 years!

For inspiration, and to learn more about what Lucy will be studying, check out these videos from our friends at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Submit your drawings between 10/1/21 and 10/31/21. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of 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

Draw a view of the Moon on Halloween night!

User submitted drawing of a house, pumpkin, tree and bat under the Moon in the sky.

Aadya, 11

User submitted drawing of three pyramids with a wolf in the Moon in the sky.

Brogan, 11

User submitted drawing of a tree with a red Moon in the night sky.

Clara, 9

User submitted drawing of a house with a bunch of stuff in the night sky, including the Moon, a witch, candy and pumpkins.

Eric, 5

User submitted drawing of the silhouettes of a house, tree, cat and bat.

Jordan, 8

User submitted drawing of three ghosts and the Moon in the sky.

Kylie, 2

User submitted drawing of a full Moon.

Lisa-Van, 9

User submitted drawing of a pumpkin-like moon in the sky.

Lúcia, 9

User submitted drawing of children trick or treating on a street full of haunted houses.

Pratishtha, 13

User submitted drawing of a witch flying on a broom in front of the Moon.

Sahana, 6

User submitted drawing of the silhouette of a haunted house, pumpkin and bat on a hill beneath the night sky and the Moon.

Selvalakshmi, 8

User submitted drawing of a haunted house with pumpkins, ghosts and a tree in the frontyard.

Shane, 9

User submitted drawing of a costumed character saying that they wish the Moon were brighter tonight.

Shreyas, 10

User submitted drawing of two trick or treaters dressed as a pumpkin and astronaut.

Talulah, 7

User submitted drawing of trick or treaters on a spooky streat with a haunted house in the background.

Vivaan, 7

User submitted drawing of ghosts trick or treating around a neighborhood.


User submitted drawing of the Moon, with an astronaut standing on it, and the Earth, with a pumpkin, tombstone, ghost and candy on it.



I hereby grant to the California Institute of Technology (Institute) and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) the right to make, use, create derivative works and/or display:

  1. photos, video and/or audio tape recordings of, my Child and/or
  2. artwork (in any media, including drawings, photos, music and video creations) created by my Child and submitted to JPL and/or

in any manner or form, and for any lawful purpose at any time. I also grant the Institute to use my Child’s name associated with such photos, recordings of my Child or with his/her artwork. I understand that my Child may be photographed and/or video or audio taped verbatim and that the Institute may allow persons external to the Institute to view the pictures or recordings in part or in their entirety. I also understand that any artwork submitted by my Child to the Institute for the Project may be edited, reproduced or displayed publicly at the Institute’s discretion. I am fully aware and agree that such use of my Child’s image or artwork and name may include posting on publicly available internet sites, including JPL sites and other publicly viewable social media sites. I waive any right that I may have to review or approve of any finished products, or the uses to which such products may be applied. I release and discharge the Institute, its employees, sponsors, and subcontractors from any liability to me by virtue of any representation that may occur in the creation, editing or use of said photos and/or video or audio tape recordings or the editing or use of my Child’s artwork.

article last updated October 1, 2021
More Less
More Less