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

July’s drawing prompt:

Perseid meteors are coming up next month!

A meteor is a space rock – or meteoroid – that enters Earth's atmosphere. As the space rock falls toward Earth, the resistance – or drag – of the air on the rock makes it extremely hot. What we see is sometimes called a "shooting star." That bright streak is not actually the rock, but rather the glowing hot air as the hot rock zips through the atmosphere.

When Earth encounters many meteoroids at once, we call it a meteor shower. In mid-August, we will be treated to a special meteor shower called the Perseid meteor shower!

This month’s prompt: Draw a meteor shower from any perspective you’d like! Are you lying on the ground looking up at the sky in your neighborhood? Are you looking through a powerful telescope to get a close view as the meteor burns up? Are you watching a meteor shower from the International Space Station? It’s up to you!

Submit your drawings between 7/7/21 and 7/31/21. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of August!


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 NASAKidsArt@jpl.nasa.gov:


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


June Art Challenge Selections

Draw what you think Juno might observe next on Jupiter and its moons!

User submitted painting of Jupiter, its moons, the Juno spacecraft and some aliens.

Aditi, 7

User submitted drawing of Jupiter with three moons with snowpeople, volcanoes and aliens on them.

Autor, 12

Paper cut-outs of Jupiter and three moons on a black piece of paper.

Ayaan, 6

Painting of Jupiter and three moons on a purple background.

Bárbara, 9

Pencil drawing of Jupiter, three moons and the Juno spacecraft on white paper.

Carina, 13

Drawing of a planet with an alien and a flag on top.

Catalina, 8

User submitted drawing of Jupiter, three moons and the Juno spacecraft with the words NASA Juno 2021.

Leonard, 10

User submitted painting of Jupiter, three moons and the Juno spacecraft on a dark, starry background.

Naisha, 5

User submitted drawing of volcanoes with Jupiter in the sky in the distance.

Rishaan, 7

User submitted painting of three Jupiter moons with the word NASA across all three.

Saanvi, 13

User submitted art with paper cut-outs of Jupiter, three moons and the Juno spacecraft on a black background.

Sahaana, 8

User submitted drawing of humanoid depictions of three of Jupiter's moons.

Valeria, 12



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article last updated July 8, 2021
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