Tomnod's Crowdsourcing will let Amateurs Fight Indonesian Fires... from Space

Tomnod's Crowdsourcing will let Amateurs Fight Indonesian Fires... from Space

Global Forest Watch Fires, will use near real-time satellite images of Indonesian forests to spot illegal and out-of-control forest fires. With the Tomnod crowdsourcing service, amateur fire-spotters around the world will help assess the damage.

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Shoemaker Levy 9's Anniversary Ends, but its Impact Continues

Shoemaker Levy 9's Anniversary Ends, but its Impact Continues

20 years ago amateur astronomers David H Levy and Carolyn and Gene Shoemaker discovered a comet - shattered into dozens of mountain-sized pieces - heading for Jupiter. The first piece of the comet slammed into Jupiter on July 16, 1994. Yesterday marked the anniversary of the final impact into the gas giant, but its impact here on Earth was more enduring.

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Become a Disk Detective and Help Nasa Search for Planetary Nurseries Around Other Stars

Become a Disk Detective and Help Nasa Search for Planetary Nurseries Around Other Stars

The Disk Detective crowdsourcing project - created by scientists at Nasa and the Zooniverse crowdsourcing service - enlists thousands of citizen scientists to find planetary disks - the debris fields encircling young stars where planets form.

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Teachers Research Like The Pros

Teachers Research Like The Pros

Nasa and CalTech join forces to give teachers a 13-month experience conducting real astrophysics research, making science a more experiential force in the classroom, and inspiring thousands of students to study science and mathematics.

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Amateurs Help Professionals Study the Giant Planets

Amateurs Help Professionals Study the Giant Planets

Professional planetary scientists with the International Outer Planets Watch depend on amateur observations of the giant planets. Amateurs produce near-continuous coverage of the planets and spot asteroid and comet impacts on Jupiter. Without amateurs' observations, planetary scientists would have a much harder time exploring the outer planets.

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Near Space Ballooning Brings Amateurs a Step Towards Space

If close enough is good enough, you don’t need billions of dollars to build your own space project. You can send cameras and sensors into Near Space where conditions are close to the surface of Mars. Flights into Near Space have become popular over the past few years as low-cost ways of giving students hands-on experience with space missions.

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CanSats: Satellites-in-a-can lets students do space research

Space agencies and space companies often complain that too many young engineers graduate without any practical experience. CanSats let universities give students experience with all stages of a space-related mission: proposal, design, engineering, launch, data acquisition, analysis, and report. These satellites-in-a-can may not actually reach Outer Space, but they give college students - and high school students - experience they need to work on real space missions.

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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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Lucid, the student cosmic-ray detector going into space

British high school students will send the Lucid, the Langton Ultimate Cosmic-ray Intensity Detector, cosmic-ray observatory to orbit in 2014. Adapting sensors from the Large Hadron Collider to detect intense photons, subatomic particles, and cosmic-ray particles, the student-designed experiment will mark the first time this technology has been used in open space and will produce science that nobody has seen before.

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Merritt Island Mustangs heading for orbit

Space exploration is a constant backdrop to the lives of students at Merritt Island High School. Only a few minutes drive south of Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center, the school’s students can see and hear every launch from the spaceport. Now space exploration is part of the students’ lives. Within the next year, Merritt Island students will send the second high school satellite into orbit.

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Restoring Historic Radio Telescopes

Today’s state-of-the art technologies become tomorrow’s obsolete castoffs as scientific frontiers advance. Radio telescopes built in the 1950’s and 1960’s pioneered radio astronomy and tracked spacecraft during the early Space Age. Groups of amateurs restored several historic telescopes to conduct amateur and student radio astronomy research.

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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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