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
Nov 28, 2022
NASA’s Juno mission completed its 38th close flyby of Jupiter. As the spacecraft sped low over the giant planet’s cloud tops, its JunoCam instrument captured this look at two of Jupiter’s largest moons.
Photo of the southern hemisphere of Jupiter
Solar System, Mars
Oct 31, 2022
The forecast for the Cloudspotting on Mars project is cloudy. And that’s a good thing! The Cloudspotting on Mars citizen science project has received additional funding from NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program to search for clouds in more Mars data. 
Image of clouds in the Mars atmosphere
Solar System, Citizen Science
Sep 29, 2022
The Disk Detective project invites you to help search for disks of gas and dust around nearby stars, places where exoplanets form and dwell
Image of an orange planet with red rings
Solar System, Citizen Science
Jul 5, 2022
When you’re trying to catch a planet, you’d better look twice! Volunteers on NASA’s Planet Patrol Citizen Science Project finished checking their first batch of 999 exoplanet candidates from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. The results, published in Monthly Notices of... Read More
Illustration of the yellow sun fading to orange around the outside and a planet represented by a black dot transiting across. An illustrated satellite overlays the sun and the text Planet Patrol sits above the illustration.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Citizen Science
Jun 27, 2022
A new NASA citizen science project, Jovian Vortex Hunter, seeks your help spotting vortices---spiral wind patterns—and other phenomena in gorgeous photos of the planet Jupiter.
Citizen Science
Apr 27, 2022
Citizen scientist Thomas Thomopoulos created this enhanced-color image using raw data from the JunoCam instrument (Figure A). At the time the raw image was taken, the Juno spacecraft was about 44,000 miles (71,000 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of about 55 degrees south, and... Read More
Photo of a shadow on Jupiter's moon
Citizen Science
Mar 31, 2022
April is Citizen Science Month! And this month, scientists from four NASA citizen science projects will be speaking live at “Citizen Science for the Stars” on April 13 at 6pm PT/ 9 pm ET. 
Citizen Science for the Stars
Solar System
Jan 20, 2022
Tom Jacobs of Bellevue, Washington, loves treasure hunts. Since 2010, the former U.S. naval officer has participated in online volunteer projects that allow anyone who is interested — “citizen scientists” — to look through NASA telescope data for signs of exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system...
Illustration of Jupiter
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
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.