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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.

Help NASA Solve Challenges

NASA invites the public to develop solutions in support of the agency's missions. Below are current opportunities, including prize competitions, challenges, crowdsourcing, and solicitations that address the agency's needs.

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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.

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NASA Challenge Gives Space Thruster Commercial Boost

The Cube Quest competition offered prizes to teams that completed objectives in designing, building, and delivering small satellites capable of advanced operations in deep space. As part of the challenge, Team Miles of Tampa, Florida, sent its CubeSat aboard 2022’s Artemis I flight test around the Moon. Since participating, Miles Space, Inc. was born out of the innovative spirit of Team Miles, with commercial developments stemming from technology advanced through the challenge.

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Members of Team Miles with the CubeSat developed during the NASA Cube Quest Challenge. From left to right: Alex Wingeier, Don Smith, Wes Faler. Image Credit: Team Miles
Members of Team Miles with the CubeSat developed during the NASA Cube Quest Challenge. From left to right: Alex Wingeier, Don Smith, Wes Faler. Image Credit: Team Miles

Participate in NASA Research

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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The Biopolymer Research for In-Situ Capabilities team assembles the control experiments that will be delivered to middle school classrooms for the students to run as part of the citizen science program. Image courtesy of Ben Gao.

Explore Student Opportunities

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

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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.

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NASA Student Launch Challenge

Student Launch is a research-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. This project offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

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First Nations Launch

The competition offers Tribal college-level students the opportunity to demonstrate engineering and design skills through direct application in high-powered rocketry.

Bring NASA into Your Classroom

Professional development, webcasts, lectures, contests, 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

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Launches & Landings

Tune in to scheduled mission updates that you can watch live.

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NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) spacecraft, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, successfully lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:33 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 8. PACE is NASA’s newest earth-observing satellite that will help increase our understanding of Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and climate by delivering hyperspectral observations of microscopic marine organisms called phytoplankton, as well new data on clouds and aerosols.

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Help NASA explore creative possibilities for addressing the agency’s needs through prizes, challenges, and crowdsourcing opportunities.

Earth Rotation Detector

These projects are collaborations between scientists and members of the public.

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We’re launching learning to new heights with STEM resources.

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