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:

Earth is made up of three main layers: a crust on the outside, a mantle underneath that, and a core at the very center. What is the very center of Earth made up of? Scientists have been able to figure it out by studying Earth’s gravity and other characteristics. But because Earth’s core is an area of high heat and pressure, we can’t travel there to collect a sample.

So, if we can’t collect a sample from Earth’s very center, can we learn how Earth formed? NASA is sending a new mission, to an asteroid called Psyche that may help unlock the mystery!

The new mission, which will launch in 2022, is called Psyche, just like the asteroid it will be visiting. The asteroid Psyche might be the partial core of a planetesimal – a small world that is the first building block of a planet. If it is, asteroid Psyche can offer a close look at the inside of planets like Earth that are normally hidden beneath layers of mantle and crust.

The art challenge: If you could create a game based on NASA’s Psyche mission, what would it be? What is the goal of the game and how does it work? Show us with pictures!

Here are a few facts about Psyche to inspire your game:

  1. The asteroid Psyche orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It’s between 235 million to 309 million miles (378 million to 497 million kilometers) away from the Sun.
  2. It will take more than 3 years for Psyche the spacecraft to travel to Psyche the asteroid.
  3. Psyche is named after the Greek goddess of the soul.
  4. The Psyche mission will use instruments to collect information about the asteroid. This information will help scientists to determine if it appears to be part of a planetesimal.
  5. Most asteroids are made of rock and ice, but Psyche appears to be made largely of metal. We hope to know for sure once we get there!

Submit your drawings between 5/18/22 and 6/30/22. Selected art submissions will appear on the website during the first week of July!

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

Show how you want Earth to look different and be different 50+ years from now!

User submitted drawing of Earth with people, buildings and forests on it.

Anika, 7

User submitted drawing of Earth with buildings and trees on it with astronauts and rockets around it.

Aura, 5

User submitted drawing of dirty looking ground on one side and clean, green ground on the other.

Ayenwi, 11

User submitted drawing of a brown Earth on the left and green Earth on the right with the text before and after.

Brevin, 12

User submitted drawing of a large, green woman holding the Earth in her hands.

Charlotte, 10

User submitted drawing of the Earth covered in butterfly stickers and a turtle floating in the sky above.

Emma, 12

User submitted drawing of cross section of a large ship with many rooms for humans to live in.

Ethan, 7

User submitted drawing of a trash filled ocean on the left and a fish filled ocean on the right.

Isabella, 10

User submitted drawing of a tree lined road.

Isabella, 12

User submitted drawing of an ocean full of fish.

James, 10

User submitted drawing of the Earth smiling with text that says Earth without borders.

Karthik Keshav Raj, 7

User submitted drawing of the Earth melting with text that reads help me.

Khyati, 8

User submitted drawing of the Earth with vines draped over it and a cat sitting on top of it.

Lisa, 10

User submitted drawing of a person on the left standing on a trashy road and a person on the right standing on a clean road.

Muhammad, 10

User submitted drawing of a low water level lake in a forest of stumps on the left and a high water level lake with many trees around it on the right.


User submitted drawing of the Earth made out of clay with many fish in the ocean areas.

Sahana, 7

User submitted drawing of a snowless landscape on the left and a snow filled landscape with polar bears on the right.

Zoe, 11


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article last updated May 18, 2022
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