Citizen Science

NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public.

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Citizen Science Projects

NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. More than 410 NASA citizen scientists have been named as co-authors on refereed scientific publications. Want to work on some real NASA science? Click on one of the 41 projects below to get started. NASA citizen science projects are open to everyone around the world, not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Cloudspotting on Mars

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Dark Energy Explorers

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Planet Hunters TESS

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Exoplanet Watch

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

NeMO-Net

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Are we alone in the universe?

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Planet Patrol

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Disk Detective

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Solar Active Region Spotter

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

GLOBE Observer: Clouds, Land Cover, Mosquito Habitats

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Heliophysics Audified: Resonances in Plasmas

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Active Asteroids

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Daily Minor Planet

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Landslide Reporter

Anyone with a laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Floating Forests

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Solar Jet Hunter

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics

Anyone with a laptop can do this project.

Fresh Eyes on Ice

Sungrazer Project

Anyone with a laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Jovian Vortex Hunter

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists and Satellites

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Chesapeake Water Watch

Growing Beyond Earth

JunoCam

Anyone with a laptop can do this project.

International Astronomical Search Collaboration

Anyone with a laptop can do this project.

Soundscapes to Landscapes

Cartoon illustration of an astronaut wearing a red cowboy hat and holding a lasso with a rainbow colored spiral galaxy inside the loop

Redshift Wrangler

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project. Read Project Summary

Puffy text in cream reads Cool Neighbors and sits on top of a cartoon style planet with another planet in the upper right corner. The logo is surrounded by a thick orange stroke line.

Cool Neighbors

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

Two images of the moon's surface side by side, the left side is lighter than the right side and a new impact crater is highlighted in the right image. The title "Moon Diff" overlays the images. The "O's" in moon are images of the moon.

MoonDiff

Anyone with a laptop can do this project.

A black square with a white off-centered dot. Two triangles radiate out of the dot from brown to bright pink. A purple oval ring circles the white dot and an aqua line spikes up and level out.

Burst Chaser

Anyone with a cellphone or laptop can do this project.

An illustrated eclipse logo with a larger orange circle eclipsed by a slightly smaller black circle. There are 4 flares in the upper left side. The title SunSketcher sits below the log.

SunSketcher

People along the April 8 eclipse path can do this project.

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