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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.

Pose Bowl: Spacecraft Detection and Pose Estimation Challenge

In the Pose Bowl: Spacecraft Detection and Pose Estimation Challenge, solvers will help NASA develop algorithms that could be run…

NASA MSI Incubator: Wildfire Climate Tech Challenge

NASA’s Wildfire Climate Tech Challenge, part of the MSI Incubator initiative, seeks innovative solutions for wildfire prevention and climate technology.…

Pale Blue Dot: Visualization Challenge

Our world is facing many urgent challenges, such as climate change, water insecurity, and food insecurity. Maintaining and improving quality…

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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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.

Meet the Creators, Part 4: Two New 2024 Total Eclipse Posters
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Total solar eclipses reveal the Sun’s outer atmosphere – the corona – a white, wispy halo of solar material that flows…

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Ride the Wave of Radio Astronomy During the Solar Eclipse  
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Students and science enthusiasts are invited to catch a real-time look at radio astronomy as scientists explore magnetic hotspots on…

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NASA-Funded Science Projects Tuning In to ‘Eclipse Radio’
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On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross parts of the United States. For millions of people along…

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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.

Former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Interns Receive Prestigious Awards

The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students.…

NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

A real-world experience for college and university students and their advisors to develop technology needed to support NASA’s exploration goals.

Corrections to Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) – SMD’s Graduate Student Research Opportunity

ROSES-2023 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) solicits proposals for graduate student research projects. The…

For International Participants

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Pale Blue Dot: Visualization Challenge

Our world is facing many urgent challenges, such as climate change, water insecurity, and food insecurity. Maintaining and improving quality…

Who Let the Gas Out?: NASA Tank Venting in Microgravity Challenge

As space travel extends to greater duration and distance, missions may require a propellant refill in space. To achieve this,…

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…

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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.