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.

Ali Llewellyn

Noting today some new and interesting NASA-related social media efforts across the web:

Meteor Counter application on iTunes

You can help NASA astronomers! The Meteor Counter harnesses the power of citizen scientists to document meteor observations – right from their iPhone. Using an intuitive interface to document time, magnitude, and location, all kinds of observers can contribute easily to science efforts as NASA works to map meteoroids all around Earth’s orbit.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Instagram

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has built a following on a less traditional social media platform: Instagram! The Goddard team is using one of NASA’s most breathtaking resources – our imagery – to connect directly with the public. Visually interesting images from inside their Center to far across the universe get people engaged in NASA’s mission.

NASA Sounds: Third Rock Radio and Ringtones

NASA released a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions in both MP3 and M4R (iPhone) sound files to download. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” every time you get a phone call. On Third Rock Radio, NASA’s mission of discovery and exploration is being showcased in a custom-produced Internet music radio station that is crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adults.

NEEMO 15 on Zooniverse

We have seen how crowd-sourcing open space data can discover new galaxies, planets, and even make a detailed map of the Moon. In partnership with Zooniverse Labs and the NEEMO-15 underwater analog mission, NASA is looking at technologies that will let the power of our interconnectedness drive discovery. Using a new platform which takes a square kilometer of ocean-bottom imagery and parses it out into an easily navigable, compelling user interface, NASA invites the public to help find scientifically relevant items, in order to allow us to outline them for a broad representation of the reef. Traverse planning scientists use this aggegated data to target, or confirm the interest items for further study.

Space Race Blastoff on Facebook

NASA’s first multi-player Facebook game tests players’ knowledge of space history, technology, science and pop culture. Players who correctly answer questions earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and celestial objects. Players also earn points they can use to obtain additional badges to complete sets and earn premium badges. Come and join the fun!

Where have you seen NASA do something unique and awesome online recently? Let us know so we can add it to the list!