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Get Involved With NASA

We invite members of the public to contribute their time and expertise to advancing research, solving problems, and potentially winning prizes as a result of their work.

We also invite you to find out all of the ways you can bring NASA into your life through participating in experiences, learning engagements, and activities that you can do on your own.

Contribute to NASA Missions

NASA collaborates directly with the public to develop mission critical solutions. Take a look at some of our opportunities.

NASA TechLeap Prize Information

Latest Challenge Universal Payload Interface Challenge This challenge invites applicants to propose an optimized “system of systems” to enable easy…

Lunabotics Challenge

University-level competition for teams to use the NASA systems engineering process to design, build, and operate a lunar robot.

NASA Student Launch Challenge

Middle/high school and college-level student teams design, build, test, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a scientific or engineering payload.

Citizen Science

NASA citizen science projects are open to everyone around the world, not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

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 450 NASA citizen scientists have been named as co-authors on refereed scientific publications. Want to work on some real NASA science? Be a Citizen Scientist!

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Be a Citizen Earth Scientist With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App!

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Volunteer for a NASA Study

Many people write to NASA regarding opportunities available for citizens to participate in a NASA study, such as the Bed Rest Study. To find information on how to volunteer with NASA, please visit the Analog Studies page.

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For U.S. Citizens

Explore NASA's opportunities for citizens of the United States.

Infiniscope and Eclipse Soundscapes Collaboration Reaches 1,766 Middle School Students
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Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Education Through Exploration, in collaboration with Eclipse Soundscapes, a NASA Citizen Science initiative based…

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NASA’s LRO Observes 2024 Solar Eclipse Shadow
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Editor’s Note, April 16, 2024: This story has been updated to remove an unclear secondary image and caption. As the…

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The April 8 Total Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA
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On April 8, 2024, the Moon’s shadow swept across North America, treating millions to a breathtaking view of a total…

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Current Opportunities For Educators

Professional Development, Webcasts, Lectures, Contests, Challenges, and More!

Browse opportunities that integrate NASA missions, educational resources, and NASA-unique facilities to provide high-quality STEM content and hands-on learning experiences. Educators return to their classrooms equipped with real-world experiences relevant to NASA content, hands-on training, and readiness to teach and engage their students in the STEM areas.

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NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative

For Students

Multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

Challenges are designed to build student knowledge and skills in STEM by focusing on NASA's goals, collaboration, and career pathways.

NASA Selects Students for Europa Clipper Intern Program

NASA has selected 40 undergraduate students for the first year of its Europa ICONS (Inspiring Clipper: Opportunities for Next-generation Scientists)…

Growing Beyond Earth Annual Student Research Symposium

NASA Science Activation’s Growing Beyond Earth project is a 6th-12th grade classroom-based citizen science project developed by Fairchild Tropical Botanic…

Open Science Curriculum

NASA is making a long-term commitment to building an inclusive open science community over the next decade.

NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative is designed to transform agencies, organizations, and communities to an inclusive culture of open science. The open science curriculum will introduce those beginning their open science journey to important definitions, tools, and resources; and provide participants at all levels recommendations on best practices.

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For International Participants

Explore NASA's opportunities for citizens of the world.

NASA Seeks Solutions to Detect, Track, Clean Up Small Space Debris

Decades of space exploration have provided us with invaluable knowledge of Earth, our Solar System, and beyond. But, it has…

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station.

DEVELOP National Program

DEVELOP provides 10-week research opportunities for participants to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth…

NASA’s Virtual Opportunities

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This artist concept illustrates the new view of the Milky Way. The galaxy two major arms can be seen attached to the ends of a thick central bar, while the two now-demoted minor arms are less distinct and located between the major arms.