SpaceQuest Day 6 Challenge


Beyond Your Imagination – SPACEQUEST!




Day 6 Focus Image


Some things in space we can only imagine and think about for now. Scientists haven’t been able to get good images of them, but they have still learned a lot about them. Science is advancing just enough to get the first images of black holes. Before now, we relied on artist renderings to see what they might look like. Compare and contrast the artist renderings and the actual image in the reference material below. Think about the image and let your imagination and critical thinking be the keys to educational flight. We can’t wait to see what your curiosity and ingenuity will produce.

In space, precision is key. In SpaceQuest, perfection is a hindrance. Don’t be scared off by the idea that you aren’t doing it right. This challenge is about thinking creatively, not finding a right answer. We will be here to cheer you on and lead the way.

If you need some inspiration feel free to peruse the posts from the daily challenges in the Facebook group or check out these ideas from NASA:

In this science challenge you will receive one daily challenge image for seven days. That’s it! Based on that image alone, space cadets will be challenged to think up their own questions and produce evidence of learning in a manner of your choosing. This is where imagination is key.

Remember to post your findings for the challenge image to the Facebook group’s discussion feed by Wednesday, August 19th, at 10 AM Pacific. That is how we track your entry so that you are eligible for prizes at the end of the challenge.



The instructions for this challenge remain consistent throughout the 7 days. Use this image to create your questions and focus your research. Complete details are given in the downloadable challenge document above. We will also be posting the challenge in the blog section of our website.

Remember: No question is wrong. No question too far fetched. Map out your questions and narrow your focus to just one area of SpaceQuest study. Then, get ready to dive deep, learn big, and create something AMAZING!



Download: DAY 6 – Challenge Document and Focus Image

The full document including instructions for the challenge can be printed here. Remember to record your challenge results (experiment, diagram, art project, speech, skit, or other proof of learning) to the Facebook challenge group!


Reference material can be downloaded here:

Black Holes

First Photo of a Black Hole


For a chance to win the solar system kits or the tabletop telescope:

  • Cadets will track progress each day during the challenge. They can do this by taking pictures of their work, reflecting in a notebook, making a video, or creating a piece of art as part of their daily reflection.
  • Then, post about the challenge in the comments section of the Facebook group, or email us directly at Give us a quick thumbs up or post a picture. We would love to celebrate your success!
  • Day 7 is the accountability challenge. This challenge will bring together the previous 6 days of learning. Cadets will be asked to make a photo collage, written essay, or video compilation (2 minutes or less) of their daily reflections. We are excited to hear what they learned about themselves, SpaceQuest, science, and critical thinking.
  • Final submissions can be sent to One submission can be made for a group as part of a larger organization, or students can be encouraged to enter individually. We leave that up to your discretion. Dr. Keller will choose recipients to receive the SpaceQuest challenge awards.


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