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:

Do you know about NASA’s farthest traveling space explorers? They are two spacecraft named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. The Voyagers launched 45 years ago in August and September of 1977. In that time they explored much of our solar system–and beyond!

Artist’s rendering of one of the Voyager spacecraft.

An artist’s rendering of one of the Voyager spacecraft. Credit: NASA

These spacecraft took pictures of Jupiter’s clouds and Saturn’s rings, and even faraway Neptune. Now they have traveled so far that they are in the space between the stars, called interstellar space. And they’re still sending information back to Earth today!

Learn more about these spacecraft in our article about Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.

Curious about interstellar space? Check out our video about where the solar system ends!

The art challenge: If you were going to send a spacecraft to explore our solar system and beyond, what would it look like? What would its name be? Draw your interstellar robotic explorer and submit it to our art challenge!

Submit your drawings between 8/20/22 and 9/30/22. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of October!

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

Create a game based on NASA’s Psyche mission. Show us with pictures!

User submitted drawing of a rocket with a drill on its tip burrowing beneath the surface.

User submitted drawing of a game design consisting of building a spaceship, flying to Psyche, driving a rover on Psyche, drilling for ricks, and examining those rocks.

User submitted drawing of a gameplay scene of the Psyche spacecraft near the Psyche asteroid.

User submitted board game consisting of holes that the player must avoid while rolling a ball to the objective.

User submitted drawing of a game design consisting of a robot visiting planets and bringing discoveries back to Earth.

User submitted drawing of a spacecraft approaching the Psyche asteroid with UI elements like a health bar.

User submitted board game consisting of 5 layers that the player must progress through by answering trivia questions about the Psyche mission.

User submitted drawing of a game where the player detects different resources on asteroids.

User submitted drawing of a puzzle of the solar system.

User submitted drawing of a board game featuring Psyche. Players must roll dice to progress through the spaces of the game and get to the final objective first. Some spaces make the player progress faster or go backward.

User submitted drawing of a Psyche boardgame in which players roll dice to progress. Some spaces make the player for forward or backward extra spaces.

User submitted drawing of a game in which the player guides a spacecraft to Psyche, avoiding obstacles along the way like asteroids.

User submitted drawing of a game in which the player controls Psyche on its mission to the asteroid Psyche, transmitting data back to Earth along the way.


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article last updated August 18, 2022
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