Highlights

NASA needs your help! You can collaborate with professional scientists, conduct cutting-edge science, and make real discoveries.  A science degree is not required, just a passion for understanding the natural world. Here, you can read news about NASA-funded citizen science projects, new discoveries, and opportunities to get involved. For more information on current citizen science projects.

 

Solar System
Aug 31, 2021
“With the generous help of Citizen Scientists we hope to quadruple the number of known active asteroids and encourage study of an ambiguous population of solar system objects, knowledge of which is currently hampered due to a very small sample size.”
Screen shot of the Active Asteroids website
Citizen Science
Jul 2, 2021
NASA is funding 23 new awards from across the U.S. to develop or support citizen science projects and research. Citizen science projects foster collaboration between scientists and interested members of the public.  
Photo of handing holding up a mobile phone taking a photo of the mountain landscape in the background.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Jun 10, 2021
At night, seven-year-old Miguel likes talking to his father Cesar Rubio about planets and stars. “I try to nurture that,” says Rubio, a machinist in Pomona, California, who makes parts for mining and power generation equipment.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Citizen Science
May 26, 2021
During its 33rd low pass over the cloud tops of Jupiter on April 15, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured the intriguing evolution of a feature in the giant planet’s atmosphere known as “Clyde’s Spot.”
Spot on Jupiter
Citizen Science
May 14, 2021
Learn how you can help NASA conduct scientific research at CitSciCon, a virtual event with interactive activities taking place May 21 – 22, 2021.
CitSciCon banner
Earth, Citizen Science
Apr 22, 2021
Citizen science is a great way to study our beautiful planet. We are #ConnectedByEarth. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station mention the importance of citizen science to studying Earth’s climate.  
Still screen of video of 5 astronauts on the International Space Station
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Apr 16, 2021
In the Growing Beyond Earth Program teachers and students conduct research similar to how plants are being grown in the Veggie chamber on the International Space Station. Students conduct experiment trials, collect data on different crop types and growing techniques, and report these data in a... Read More
Photo of a young female student watering seeds in a grow box emitting a pink glow (left) and a female astronaut water seeds on the International Space Station in a grow box that is also emitting a pink glow.
Earth
Apr 12, 2021
Landsat imagery shows that the area covered by kelp forests off the coast of Northern California has dropped by more than 95 percent, with just a few small, isolated patches of bull kelp remaining. Species-rich kelp forests have been replaced by “urchin barrens,” where purple sea urchins cover a... Read More
Underwater photograph of kelp seaweed and fish.
Mar 10, 2021
NASA returns to South by Southwest this year for a virtual viewing of the agency’s missions and programs during the online festival.
collage of virtual nasa presentations
Science Activation
Feb 26, 2021
Marilé Colón Robles, a project scientist for NASA's GLOBE Clouds citizen science program, participated in a recent virtual panel discussion on Hispanic leaders in science and space as part of the 2021 Arizona SciTech Festival.
Screenshot of four people participating in a virtual forum