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

About Open Government [caption id=”attachment_2874” align=”alignnone” width=”170” caption=”The Hubble Space Telescope captured the swirling galaxies of Arp 194, which forms this cosmic question mark.”][/caption] NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. We are focusing on embedding open government into three integrated aspects of our operations—policy, technology, and culture. Whether NASA is using social networks to allow students to interact directly with astronauts, or creating a Cloud Computing Platform to give unprecedented access to scientific data, we have embraced the Open Government Directive. Highlights of NASA’s Open Government Activities NASA’s founding legislation in 1958 instructed NASA to “…provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information…” The principles of open government have been embedded in our operations for 50+ years. We recognize that open government is a process rather than a product, and have taken a continuous-learning approach. NASA’s Open Government activities span 22 identified Agency projects across the centers, and 3 flagship initiatives will take the Initiative to a new level: Policy: NASA is working to make open source software development more collaborative at NASA to benefit both the Agency and the public. Technology: NASA Nebula, as the government’s first…