Innovation Gateway, presented by BHP
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 on a project without formal training.
Space Center Houston challenges
Design astronaut meals for the Space Station
In this challenge, design astronaut meals for the International Space Station (ISS). This challenge has two levels! Make a meal addressing the ISS food system in level 1. Develop a complete food system for one astronaut on the Space Station for one week in level 2.
Space Robotics Challenge - Phase two
Presented by BHP
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.
In a microgravity environment of space, changes to the human body can affect muscles, bones and balance. To test how gravitational environments may affect balance and stability, astronauts go through a variety of tests before and after space travel. Through observing the impact on the human body in space, scientists are finding solutions that can help people on Earth. Space Center Houston and Baylor College of Medicine are investigating how balance changes with age.
Design a spacecraft and mission
Design your own spacecraft and mission. Your submission should include diagrams of your spacecraft and mission. These can be drawings, schematics, renderings, etc. are acceptable. The mission should chart where the flight path and any potential landing sites.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.