Make a contribution to research, increase your scientific understanding and immerse yourself in science, technology, engineering and math with our Innovation Gateway community science initiative.

What is community science?

Community science refers to data collection and interpretation by not only scientists and experts but also the general public. Community scientists can help researchers maximize the amount of data collected on a project without formal training.

Space Center Houston challenges

Design a long duration space environment

We exist in an exciting moment for space exploration as the first crewed mission to Mars draws closer. With this excitement comes a need to create stimulating environments that can increase and/or maintain fine motor control for astronauts. What’s your solution?

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Space Robotics Challenge - Phase two

The second phase of the Space Robotics Challenge will focus on advancing the autonomous capabilities of dexterous mobile robots to accomplish long-term in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) tasks, with 100% autonomy. The challenge focuses on planetary surfaces, such as pre-cursor habitat deployment on Mars.

Launching 2019

International Space Station DNA experiment

Students of Space Center Houston’s Space Center University designed an experiment for astronauts to perform on the International Space Station, scheduled to launch on the SpaceX resupply mission in November. The experiment will determine if a specific, targeted enzyme can successfully sever a circular DNA strand into a linear one in the weightlessness of spaceflight.

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Past challenges

CO2 monitor for long duration spaceflight

High concentrations of carbon dioxide can lead to a variety of problems in long duration spaceflight. This presents a difficult issue for spaceflight as the station or vehicles are a relatively closed system, relying on filters, or scrubbers to remove carbon dioxide (CO2). Show us your design for a personal CO2 monitor for use in long-duration spaceflight.

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Space Robotics Challenge - Phase one

NASA’s R5 Valkyrie robot is leading the way in the advancement of humanoid robots with cutting-edge, human-like dexterity in order to provide support with mission operations. Programmers from around the world competed to help NASA develop Valkyrie’s abilities in phase one of the Space Robotics Challenge.

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Space Exploration Robot

Space exploration has moved from lifting satellites into orbit and placing men on the moon to sending probes to the edges of our solar system and the eventuality of manned missions to Mars. The only reason these advances have been possible is because of the incredible new technologies dreamed up by dedicated scientists, technicians and engineers.

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Community resources

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Genes in Space

Have an idea for genetics research in Microgravity that could benefit humanity? Then Boeing has the challenge for you! Applications due by April 25, 2019.

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Explore Moon to Mars: Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation

The Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge, a NASA student design challenge for wearable radiation countermeasures, is a nationwide challenge for middle and high school age students. Sign up by May 10, 2019.

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Explore Moon to Mars App Development Challenge: Ascent Abort 2

NASA’s App Development Challenge provides an opportunity for middle and/or high school students to demonstrate the practice of coding and app development. In this challenge, students work in teams to develop an app that visualizes three minutes of simulated test data in support of the upcoming Ascent Abort-2 launch scheduled for June 2019.

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NASA Solve

Your gateway to several open NASA challenges!

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NASA Space Apps Challenge

Participate in NASA’s largest international Hackathon. Registration will open soon.

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