In 2007, a small group of people began an intentional, collaborative experiment in open, transparent, and direct communication about your space program. Our goal was to enable your direct participation in exploring and contributing to NASA’s mission.

Many of us have since begun new adventures. This site will remain as an archive of the accomplishments of the openNASA experiment.

Nick Skytland

The International Space Apps Challenge, held on 21-22 April 2012, was a very productive event.100+ solutions were developed in less than 48 hours, and although a few teams are still submitting their solutions to the website, we wanted to provide a summary of the 100+ reasons what you did at the event made a difference! We have listed out all unique solutions submitted below, in alphabetical order, and included a one or two sentence elevator-pitch description of each. We have also included a link to the solution page if you are interested in finding out more information about the solution, want to view or download the code, share a comment, contact the team, or in some cases view a demo or prototype of the solution itself. If you are one of the participants and would like to improve the description we have for your project, please email us your updates at

Each location had the opportunity to nominate up to two winning solutions for consideration in the Global Judging process. The solutions thare were nominated are identified as well. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to one of the solutions below - the results truly speak for themselves.

​1. 3D Printing in Zero Gravity (San Francisco, USA)

A redesign of current Earth-based 3D printing technology to allow for 3D printing in zero gravity environments.

​2. Aeration & Low Temperature Baking (Oxford, United Kingdom)

An energy efficient, self sufficient process to produce ordinary, fresh bread with minimal ingredients at lower, safer temperatures in a limited resource environment.

​3. Aurora Live (Vancouver, Canada(Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that shows aurora intensity, the ISS location and space weather data using the WebGL globe platform.

​4. Aurora Project: Model & Data (Dublin, Ireland) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that visualizes near-real time aurora data.

​5. Autokepler (Virtual)

A HTML5 generative art experiment to visualize Kepler data.

​6. Baseline (Stuttgart, Germany)

A demonstration of how to parse Kepler data into a database to improve accessibility.

​7. Beam Be Up To A Satellite! - Space Checkin (Virtual)

A spaceobject checkin game that visualizes the nearest satellites overhead and provides points and badges for each check-in.

​8. Bringing Mathtrax to Modern Web Standards (San Francisco, USA)

A prototype of a web-based conversion of MathTrax to improve accessibility, as well as documentation for how to integrate MathTrax with the MakerBot 3D printer.

​9. C.E.R.E.S. (New York City, USA) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A platform that allows farmers in remote areas to seamlessly exchange commodity price information with their peers, allowing them to make better-informed decisions.

​10. Caribbean Fruits (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app to share and obtain social information on weather conditions, soil data and crop pricing.

​11. Climate Change Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)

An app that uses satellite data to shows the effects of Climate Change in Kenya.

​12. Co-Cupola (Tokyo, Japan)

A projection of the view Astronauts enjoy from the Cupola Module on the ISS using a common PC, projector and web-browser.

​13. [Code/Game Controller/Water Sampling Mechanism OpenROV Framework Development Challenge][] (San Francisco, USA) (Nominated for Global Judging)

Further development of the OpenROV platform to build out functionality for power conditioning, code refactoring, game controller configuration, water sampler, and vinyl decal.

​14. Command and Control Protocol for Cubesats (Lausanne, Switzerland) (Nominated for Global Judging)

The development of a command and control protocol for Cubesats.

​15. Commonality of NASA Datasets (Adelaide, Australia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A data schema attempts to capture the commonalities between datasets acquired by NASA to allow citizen scientists and data mining softwares to quickly locate relevant datasets required to answer questions posed in broad terms, such as “Has the sea level risen in the last 10 years?”

​16. Connect (Tokyo, Japan)

A web service to connect humans to Earth’s magnetic field through the visualization and social sharing functionality.

​17. Connect and Survive! (Exeter, United Kingdom) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that provides the next day’s pollen count to provide asthmatics and hay fever suffers information regrinding potential life-threatening situations.

​18. Data Majic (Nairobi, Kenya) (Nominated for Global Judging)

Data majic is a remote data acquisition and control system aimed at collecting data about a wind turbine. The system monitors the periodic status of the wind turbine and reports to an SMS server from where the information can be analyzed and visualized.

​19. Data Mapping (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

A solution that translates multiple XML data and map values into relational database.

​20. Daily Myths (San Francisco, USA) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app to help education the public on common misconceptions regarding the solar system and astronomy.

​21. Displaying The Tour (Stuttgart, Germany)

A Matlab script that displays an orbital tour of planets and is able to determine the optimal orbit.

​22. Electronic Foosball Solution (Nairobi, Kenya)

A solution to display the results of a Foosball game digitally using a web client, motion sensors and an arduino board. The display can also be used as a countdown display for anything (such as a rocket launch).

​23. (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

A social network.

​24. Eturl (Virtual)

The Extra-Tererstrial Universal Resource Location allows for the categorization of an object in the solar system, say, a surface feature on an asteroid, or on the moon, or the voyager spacevraft.

​25. Exoapi Sydney (Sydney, Australia)

An app that collates disparate sources of Exoplanet data and provide an API for access to this data.

​26. (New York City, USA) (Nominated for Global Judging)

ExoAPI is an ongoing project that extends the accessibility of exoplanetary data by providing an easy to use RESTful API.

​27. Expanded Meta-Data for NASA Open Data (San Francisco, USA)

The development of a unified API interface to NASA’s data that does not require specialist knowledge of each data-set to explore.

​28. Experiment Deployment Capsule (San Francisco, USA)

An inexpensive, reusable module that can serve as a platform for high altitude, microgravity experimentation.

​29. Extremophiles Space Resources for Bio Incubators (Virtual)

A resource to enhance scientific understanding of adaptive functions of organisms in space environments to help us be more aware about planetary life.

​30. Fragile Oasis Interactive (San Francisco, USA)

An interactive application that compares side-by-side maps of the content from the Fragile Oasis website.

​31. Fragile Oasis Mashup (Lausanne, Switzerland) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A custom user interface to display the data from Fragile Oasis website in a world map.

​32. Fragile Oasis Mobile App (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A mobile application to make the Fragile Oasis website more accessible to the general public.

​33. Galaxy Sexy (Tokyo, Japan)

An app that generates a graph of brain waves from a user who is interacting with space data, using a cheap EEG device, a PC and an arduino.

​34. Garbage Collector (Jakarta, Indonesia)

An app to provide an easy way for citizens to report and to notify others of garbage piles that are happening in public space by posting images and descriptions.

​35. Gcpricer (Nairobi, Kenya)

A Mobile and Web based application that enables farmers to view and post current prices of commodities in different locations.

​36. Growers Nation (Exeter UK, San Francisco USA, New York City USA, Santiago Chile, Nairobi Kenya and Santo Domingo Dominican Republic) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that explores the potential of unused land for the growing of fruit, vegetable and other crops through the use of location, climate and growing data.

​37. Growing Together (San Francisco, USA)

The app to reduce the barriers to growing by taking location, climate, and growing data into consideration and to give people the information they need when selecting what to grow.

​38. (Exeter, United Kingdom)

A real-time hazard map application that is powered by social media observations to help provide a a useful risk assessment for potential (and actual) crisis situations.

​39. Hxlator (Jakarta Indonesia and Luasanne Switzerland)

A tool that allows a humanitarian in the field to upload their data in a way that can be aggregated and queried. The application accepts excel files of any structure, has a user interface for annotating them, and converts them to hxl, a format for capturing unstructured semantic data.

​40. HXL Exporter (Jakarta, Indonesia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that exports an excel database to the HXL standard.

​41. Indian Astronomical Calendar (Virtual)

An app that maps Indian calendar’s (panchang) astronomical parameters for use by amateur astronomers.

​42. ISSlive API And Limit Notification System (Bangalore, India) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A native Android and iOS app that implements REST API for ISSLive data consisting of space station system parameters and crew timeline data.

​43. Kepler Companion (New York City, USA)

An app that uses data from to visualize the entire set of confirmed exoplanets as well as provides the relative properties for each planet and Earth.

​44. Kepler Confirmed Planets Interactive (Virtual)

An HTML5/canvas attempt to display Kepler confirmed planets in a simple 3d format.

​45. Kepler Visualizer (Bangalore, India) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A solution to visualize Kepler data, such as changing star intensity, using an Arduino.

​46. Life On Mars Based On Real Life Earth (Virtual)

An augmented reality app that simulates life in mars based on geolocalization of the users movement on Earth.

​47. Linkastar (Tokyo, Japan) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A web application for iOS that allows users to search for a star by holding iphone or ipad to the night sky if it’s cloudy. Includes social media functionality to share the experience with others.

​48. Lunar (Oxford, United Kingdom)

A heatmap visualization of the Moon created by processing a database of raw altimeter data.

​49. Lunar Compound (Miami, USA)

A process to protect concrete Lunar modules from solar heat, radiation and cosmic rays.

​50. Lunar Elevator Space Education (Virtual)

A website for education about Lunar Elevators.

​51. Lunar Landing App (Vancouver, Canada)

A lunar landing iOS game.

​52. Lunar Terrain Roughness Mapper (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that calculates the ideal landing site on the Moon using NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and produces a “heat map” that can be viewed using Google Earth.

​53. Mobile App for Hirise Mars (Lausanne, Switzerland)

A mobile web app that allows users on mobile phones and tablets to browse the very high resolution map images of Mars, and a Web Standards based platform on top of it for educational/citizen science applications.

​54. Mobile Web App in HTML5 (Virtual)

A new version of an HTML5+Javascript web application, to develop plugins allowing reporting from (almost) any web-enabled device, with and without Internet connectivity.

​55. Moon Phase Count (Jakarta, Indonesia)

An app to visualize the phase of the Moon using java.

​56. My Travel App (Canberra and Melbourne, Australia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that uses NASA weather satellite data to bring carbon footprint computation down to the individual level, allowing trends to be associated with decisions people make based on weather conditions and convenience of transportation options.

​57. NASA Open Data API (Oxford, United Kingdom)

A preliminary design and schema for a NASA Open Data API to improve accessibility and a unified interface to NASA datasets without requiring specialist knowledge.

​58. NASA-Ex (Virtual)

An 3d solar system exploration tool that uses C# ASP.NET MVC3 for a backend to interface with HORIZON data over telnet, Three.js to do the WebGL rendering, HTML5 and CSS3.

​59. Neo Analyzer For Mobile (Ipod/Iphone) (Vancouver, Canada)

An app that brings website widget interaction and querying of images to mobile platform so that users can see how the world changes based on categories of surface temperature, chlorophyll concentration, water vapor, carbon monoxide concentration, radiation, active fires, snow cover, cloud fraction, leaf area index, net primary productivity, population, and vegetation index.

​60. Open Data Schema (San Francisco, USA)

An initial proof of concept of an open data schema extension for the website, to improve accessibility to NASA data.

​61. Open World Sensor (Openws) (Istanbul, Turkey)

An app that visualizes sensor data on a world map, using an arduino for reading sensor data and software for managing and visualizing the data.

​62. Our Sphere - Portable 3D Data Map Viewer (Tokyo, Japan)

A Web and Mobile platform widget to share 3D Earth imagery data from NASA satellites.

​63. Parsing and Displaying Data From Horizons (Stuttgart, Germany)

A script to display and plat data from the Horizons mission, which demonstrates the calculation of a trajectory of a planet between two timestamps.

​64. Patched Cone Approach (Stuttgart, Germany) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A Matlab simulation and approach for a tour of the solar system.

​65. Pineapple (Santiago, Chile)

A web and mobile app that filters a tropical crop database by location’s Rainfall, latitude, elevation and pH.

​66. Planet Finder (San Francisco, USA)

This software improves accessibility to Kelper exoplanets data by allowing users to search for starts using a simple http GET string that returns data in both machine and human readable format.

​67. Planet Hopper (Oxford, United Kingdom) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that visualizes Kepler data to allow children and teachers to explore all the exoplanets that we know about.

​68. Planet Pong (San Francisco, USA)

A distance-free virtual game of ping-pong that can be played between Astronauts in space and citizens on Earth, using mobile devices.

​69. Possible PHP Command Encoder (Stuttgart, Germany)

A php command encoder that utilizes standardized commands and provides access to a databases through one main command prompt.

​70. Predict The Sky - Cross-Platform Mobile Client (Oxford and Exeter, United Kingdom)

An app that combines ISS, HST and weather forecast data for a specified location to inform people about what they’ll be able to see in the night sky.

​71. Predict The Sky SMS (New York City, USA)

Predict the Sky SMS is a text message service for satellite enthusiast that tracks satellite events and sends the user a SMS message when one is visible from your location on Earth as it’s happening.

​72. Roach Rover (Nairobi, Kenya)

An arduino based rover that avoids obstacles by sensing how much light is reflected off the obstacle.

​73. Satellite Data Correlation Tool (Sydney, Australia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app to visualize the growth in electrification and population across the globe, using night-time lighting from satellite data across a region as a proxy.

​74. Sky Map App Layer Addition, Exoplanets (San Francisco, USA)

Integration of code for an exoplanet layer into Google Sky Map app for Android, which includes search function and the ability to add additional multimedia features.

​75. Social Hazard (Santiago, Chile)

An app that analyzes twitter trends to find global risk and crisis events and visualizes them on a world map in real time.

​76. Solar Wind Graph (Virtual)

A desktop client that takes solar wind speed live from the web and produces an animation of the current wind speeds. The same feed is also used by an Arduino to show the live intensity of the solar winds by lighting more lights the more intense the winds.

​77. Sonic Telescope (Oxford, United Kingdom)

An app that investigates sounds of space, by using the azimuth, altitude and proximity of a mobile phone to calculate various celestial sounds.

​78. Sounds of Space (Virtual)

An app that uses the built-in microphone on the Nexus Android phone to create a high fidelity audio recording of the sound during the 90 minute mission.

​79. Space Debris Cleanup (Virtual)

A poster to serve as a Public Service Announcement raise awareness of the risks associated with the growing space debris problem.

​80. Space Ring Design App (Tokyo, Japan) (Nominated for Global Judging)

Jewelry created using the location of a planet in space on a desired date and time.

​81. Spatium Quaestionrium (Vancouver, Canada) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A cross-platform quiz web app, to test, inform and correction misconceptions kids may have about space.

​82. Star-Tweeting Bangle! (Exeter, United Kingdom)

Social data-connected jewelry that lights up based on twitter trends.

​83. Strange Desk (Oxford, United Kingdom) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that allows users to socially share and analyize the occurrence of strange events with others.

​84. The Application Of “A View From Space(Tokyo, Japan)

An app that restricts a shared social media stream based on the orbit of the ISS in order to provide a common viewpoint and build a community around space data based on location.

​85. The ISSduck (Exeter, United Kingdom)

A physical demonstration of the relative position of the International Space Station using an “ISSDuck” printed on a 3D printer, that floats on water, which is disrupted through a rudder controlled by an arduino and servo motor.

​86. The Optimal Lunar Landing Analysis (Lausanne, Switzerland)

A cross-platform app to process multiple lunar data sets and analysis strategies in order to find optimal landing sites for spacecrafts.

​87. Transview (Virtual)

A low cost, low data-rate camera system system for SERVIR that uses a web camera and micro-controller interface.

​88. Travelisa (Jakarta, Indonesia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An application to keep track of an individual’s travel history, distance, and methods and determine the impact it has on the individual as well as in wider community.

​89. Tripping NASA (Vancouver, Canada)

A social app that maps ground and satellite data on google maps.

​90. Tweetsat (Virtual)

A program that allows a satellite to tweet from space.

​91. Ufahamu (Nairobi, Kenya) (Nominated for Global Judging)

A crowd sourcing platform that creates awareness for health related issues in Kenya and aims to improve productivity of end-users while minimizing labor and research expenses.

​92. Vicar2PNG (Virtual)

An app that allows anyone to view, enjoy, and remix NASA’s mission image data easily by converting VICAR files to the popular PNG image format.

​93. Visualisations of Space Data (Oxford, United Kingdom)

An app that animates current solar wind speed, taken live from the web, using an Arduino to visualize the live intensity of the solar winds through lights.

​94. Watch Out - Hazard Map (Melbourne, Australia) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that harvests and analyses real time hazard data from social media e.g. Twitter and provides a user friendly web based visualization of the data.

​95. Webcam Approach (Stuttgart, Germany) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that calculates the average BGR value of an image useing a logitech c920 and python code.

​96. Web Page for NASA Planetary Data System (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

A new web interface to improve accessibility to the NASA Planetary Data System.

​98. Wet (Water Evaluation Tool) (Miami, Florida) (Nominated for Global Judging)

An app that centralizes Landsat5TM and available water stage and precipitation data and displays the output on a map.

​98. Where In The Solar System (Melbourne, Australia)

A concept for an educational iPad app that allows users to explore space through touch gestures.

​99. World Weather Symbols (Exeter, United Kingdom)

Digital representations of common meteorological weather symbols, which are currently not offered in a re-usable digital format.

​100. (San Francisco, USA)

World At Night is a tool that intends to show WHO on planet earth has access to light. Its data visualization allows anyone to see the state of the world today, in terms of access to electricity.

​101. Ze-Api (French For “The API”) (Nairobi, Kenya)

An API that converts inaccessible NASA data into popular formats used by developers, by converting Json data XML, YAML and a better structured JSON data.

[Code/Game Controller/Water Sampling Mechanism OpenROV Framework Development Challenge]: Code/Game%20Controller/Water%20Sampling%20Mechanism%20OpenROV%20Framework%20Development%20challenge