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Aerial image showing green and grey peninsula of land surrounded by ocean in shades of light teal blue to dark greenish blue.
Earth, Space Experiments, Space Biology
Jan 14, 2021
An expanding research partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will help develop new ways of growing food on Earth and in space.
Earth
Oct 26, 2020
Snapshot Wisconsin is a partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. Citizen scientists help discover wildlife by classifying images captured on trail cameras. The project provides data needed for wildlife management decision support at the Wisconsin... Read More
Three deer standing a lightly snowy field.
Earth, Ice
Aug 17, 2020
Researchers on the NASA-funded Community Snow Observations (CSO) project recently found a new way to use data from citizen scientists. This project asks volunteer to measure the depth of the snow in mountain environments and uses those data to improve snowpack models.
Ryan Crumley measures snow depth in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Earth
Jul 24, 2020
“I have always been interested in teaching people how to use remote sensing technology in different cultural contexts with different knowledge systems" - NASA Ames research scientist Dr. Cindy Schmidt
Earth
Jul 8, 2020
NASA's new citizen science project, NeMO-Net is making waves! NeMO-Net is a game where players help NASA classify coral reefs by painting 3D and 2D images of coral. Players embark on a virtual research vessel and travel the oceans by analyzing actual images of corals on the sea floor. As you... Read More
screenshot of NemoNet citizen science game
Earth, ISS
Apr 22, 2020
Earth’s climate is the product of many rich and complex systems. It’s affected by water in its many forms; on land, in the air, in the oceans, and as ice. It feels influences from vegetation, from soil conditions, from the carbon cycle, from human impacts. We study and observe our planet’s ever-... Read More
Keeping an Eye on Earth - Poster
Earth
Apr 10, 2020
NASA invites video gamers and citizen scientists to embark on virtual ocean research expeditions to help map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems.
Virual ocean game on laptop
Earth
Mar 12, 2020
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of The GLOBE Program, NASA GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible... Read More
Trees Challenge 2020 logo
Universe, Earth, Solar System
Feb 21, 2020
Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are asteroids or comets whose orbits bring them near the Earth.  Sixty-five million years ago, a NEO the size of Mount Everest hit the Earth off the coast of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs.  More recently, in 2013, a NEO exploded near Chelyabinsk,... Read More
Photo of IASC participants
Earth
Oct 1, 2019
At any given time, there is a fire burning somewhere on Earth. As the climate warms, it has directly affected the way fires occur, with longer fire seasons and more extreme fires that are harder to suppress. With a fleet of satellites orbiting Earth, NASA has a unique perspective to keep an eye on... Read More
Photo of forest fire
Earth
Sep 13, 2019
In the Davis Mountains of far west Texas, at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, astronomers spend their nights peering at the stars through some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Soon they’ll be adding a more down-to-Earth job. Within sight of the giant domes, NASA is installing a... Read More
Potsdam Gravity Potato
Earth
Jul 2, 2019
NASA’s Earth Science Research and Analysis (R&A) pro- gram’s Earth Surface and Interior (ESI) focus area sup- ports research and analysis of solid-Earth processes from crust to the core. This includes research on how the solid Earth interacts with the storage, movement, and trans- port of... Read More
Photograph taken by Justin Brandt, USGS, of the National Geodetic Survey vertical control bench mark H1235 RESET in Merced Country, California.
Earth
Jun 25, 2019
Unlike some of its perpetually active neighbors on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. The small, oval-shaped island most recently exploded in 1924 and in 1778. The dormant period ended around 4:00 a.m. local time on June 22, 2019, when... Read More
Raikoke Erupts
Earth
Jun 21, 2019
On May 29, 2006, hot mud and gas began gushing from a rice field near a gas exploration well in East Java. More than a decade later, the Lusi mud flow continues on the Indonesian island. (The name is a combination of lumpur, the Indonesian word for mud, and Sidoarjo, the location of the flow). Over... Read More
A Muddy Mess in Indonesia
Earth, ISS
Apr 30, 2019
The International Space Station (ISS) is sporting a new ‘light fixture.’ The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) will beam down laser light on Earth from the orbiting laboratory to reveal more about our environment and how it is changing.  
Shining Laser Light on Earth’s Forests Poster