Small Satellites for Secondary Students

Students take the next step towards space science thanks to Small Satellites for Secondary School Students. Teacher workshops and open source hardware and software provide affordable resources for schools to develop scientific payloads for high-power rocket launches or high-altitude balloon flights.

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Fireballs in the Sky Tracks Meteors with your Smartphone

Use your smartphone to help scientists find pieces of asteroids and planets here on Earth. Fireballs in the Sky, an app for Android and iOS, lets people report large meteors streaking through the night sky. Scientists use the data to triangulate the meteor’s path and find meteorites that reach the ground.

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Nasa's Meteor Counter App

The Meteor Counter project created an iPhone app and an Android app so you can count meteors streaking across the night sky. Your reports help Nasa’s researchers create better forecasts of meteor showers and understand the space environment around Earth and the Moon.

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SatCam app improves climate research

Your smartphone can make science better. The SatCam project wants to improve space-based tools scientists use to study the atmosphere. The SatCam app lets you send ground truth reports of cloud cover so scientists can check weather satellites' accuracy

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Moon Zoo and Moon Mappers crowdsource lunar craters

Explore the Moon in the Moon Zoo and Moon Mappers crowdsourcing projects. These projects let you map features in detailed pictures from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The catalogs of lunar features you create will help scientists understand our closest neighbor in space and the history of the Solar System.

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Citizen Sky - learn to study variable stars

The American Association of Variable Star Observers created the Citizen Sky program to enlist amateurs around the world and study the 2009-2011 eclipse of the binary star system epsilon Aurigae. By the end of the eclipse amateurs had submitted over eight thousand observations, making epsilon Aurigae the most thoroughly-observed variable star in history. 

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Nasa Night Rover Challenge

Nasa will award teams prizes from the Night Rover Challenge’s $1.5 million prize pool if they build a power system that lets rovers operate during the two-week long lunar night. CleantechOpen, a non-profit incubator of environmental technology startup companies, manages the contest which will be held at Nasa’s Glenn Research Center.

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Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets students across America study radio emissions from the giant planets and the black holes in distant galaxies using one of Nasa’s giant radio dish antennas. More than 32,000 primary and secondary school students have conducted real scientific research since the program began twenty years ago. Their work supports professional research and helps the Juno and Spitzer space missions.

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Skynet University

Skynet University offers self-paced online versions of the introductory astronomy courses taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While taking the courses you have access to UNC’s Skynet network of robotic telescopes in Chile, Australia, and North Carolina so you can make your own observations of planets, nebulae, and galaxies.

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Skynet Junior Scholar Program

The Skynet Junior Scholar Program lets over 1,400 middle school students in Wisconsin, Virginia, and North Carolina learn astronomy and even conduct astronomical research by controlling professional telescopes in Chile, Australia, and the United States.

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Nasa Night Rover Challenge

Nasa will award teams prizes from the Night Rover Challenge’s $1.5 million prize pool if they build a power system that lets rovers operate during the two-week long lunar night. CleantechOpen, a non-profit incubator of environmental technology startup companies, manages the contest which will be held at Nasa’s Glenn Research Center.

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Nasa Sample Return Robot Challenge

Nasa will award teams up to $1.5 million to build autonomous robotic rovers that can navigate an unfamiliar terrain and collect samples in the Sample Return Robot Challenge. Teams of amateur robotics enthusiasts, robotics engineering students, and private industry come to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute once a year to compete in Nasa’s.

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mPing app crowdsources weather data

The mPing project lets amateur weather-watchers with Android or iOS smartphones collect ground-truth for professional meteorologists. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma created the app because they needed a way to fill the gaps in weather radar coverage. Amateurs submitted over 250,000 observations during the winter of 2012-2013 alone.

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Satellite Sentinel Project uses space to make a difference

The Satellite Sentinel Project uses satellite images to document human rights abuses and civilian casualties in South Sudan. Their analysis complements on-the-ground reports collected by the Enough Project and helps to raise awareness of atrocities committed by armed groups that prey on defenseless civilians.

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