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, 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.
Earth, Citizen Science
Jun 3, 2022
Today we’re saying thank you to everyone who has pitched in to classify wildlife photos at snapshotwisconsin.org. Over the last four years you helped scientists model species distributions, measure vegetation phenology, study how deer use habitats to escape extreme temperatures, and much more.... Read More
Photo of a large bull elk with horns walking up to a trail camera in the woods
Universe, Citizen Science
May 24, 2022
Citizen scientists have discovered a strange lopsided system consisting of three very massive stars orbiting around one another very rapidly---a rare combination that has scientists asking how this system could have formed.
Two white spheres next to each other and in orbit around a larger white sphere that fades to blue.
Earth
May 10, 2022
When the 10,000th observation was submitted to Mountain Rain or Snow on the morning of March 15th, wet snow was falling on much of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service was predicting slick mountain passes and possible delays due to rain for commuters in the city, but Mountain Rain or... Read More
Photograph of a woman wearing an orange jacket and dark hat standing in a field with trees in the distance while she collects falling snow data on her mobile phone.
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
Earth, Citizen Science
Apr 21, 2022
It's almost Earth Day – looking for ways to celebrate? Show you care by becoming a NASA citizen scientist! Our citizen science programs are collaborations with NASA scientists and members of the public.
Photo of a hand holding a mobile phone with an Earth Observer application and mountains in the background
Citizen Science
Apr 18, 2022
We’re welcoming three new members of our NASA Headquarters citizen science team!
Collage of 3 portrait photos of women
Citizen Science
Apr 7, 2022
The FjordPhyto citizen science project has joined the NASA family! This project is a collaboration between researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (USA) and tour vessel members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.
FjordPhyto citizen scientists collect seawater and phytoplankton samples to investigate the changing polar marine environment.
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