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

Join NASA at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) this year in Austin! There are a number of space-related panels, sessions and exhibits this year, including a special James Webb Space Telescope NASA exhibit (which you can visit even if you are not attending SXSW!). The James Web Telescope exhibit will be open from Friday March 8 through Sunday March 10th. We also want to extend an invitation for you to join the entire space community at a Space Meetup on on Sunday March 10th at 1:30pm at the Meet Up Pavilion in the Austin Convention Center.  Since we have such a strong representation from NASA and the space community at SXSWi, this year we wanted to create an intentional forum for everyone to come together at least one time during the event.  We have worked to plan all the other space sessions so as not to conflict and hope you will consider joining us.  This is your chance to meet others and mingle with some extremely innovative people from the space community as well as exchange stories about your favorite space mission with some of the people who were directly involved.

Included below is a complete list of all the space-related activities planned for SXSWi. This list includes both NASA-led events as well as non-NASA events - they all look amazing!  If I’m missing something on this list, let me know and I’ll add it. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10
Interact with NASA at the James Webb Space Telescope Exhibit and See Hubble’s Successor
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Lawn outside the Long Center — Stop by on your way to the Gaming Expo!
Map: Click here
More Information: Visit the JWST at SXSW page

NASA’s successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope, will be 100 times more powerful. The Webb Telescope will orbit far beyond Earth’s Moon where the cold vastness of space will allow it to study the universe’s first galaxies as well as celestial objects hidden by clouds of cosmic dust. Stop by the lawn outside the Long Center (701 W. Riverside Drive) March 8-10 to see Northrop Grumman’s tennis-court-sized, four-story-high, full-scale model of the Webb Telescope. Learn about the vision behind Webb and the challenges of its construction in this immersive experience that showcases the science, images and technologies changing our understanding of the universe. Free to the public, this exhibit features Microsoft’s interactive World Wide Telescope and activities with NASA that demonstrate how Webb will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of science and technology. Delve in for an in-depth look at the perplexing questions that this incredible telescope is designed to answer, such as: How did the universe form? Is our solar system unique? Are we alone in the cosmos?

Friday, March 8
NASA: Sharing Space
5:00PM -6:00PM
Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom

Saturday, March 9
Crowd-Sourcing the Space Frontier
11:00AM -12:00PM
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

NASA’s Got Game
SxSW Geek Stage, Palmer Events Center

Space Out: Sketch Your Ride for the Next Century
1:30PM - 2:30PM
AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 102, 1900 University Avenue

Sunday, March 10
NASA Social (invite only)
All Day
Starts at JWST Exhibit, Lawn outside the Long Center

Beyond Hubble: NASA’s Next Great Telescope (JWST)
11:00AM -12:00PM
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

Space Social featuring NASA
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Austin Convention Center, Meet Up Pavilion EH 3/4

Landing NASA’s Curiosity Rover Online (& Mars!)
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

@NASA: The User Experience of a Space Station
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

Monday, March 11
The New Golden Age of Human Spaceflight
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D

Get Physical: Making Space Data Real on Earth
Omni Downtown, Lone Star

100 Year Starship: Interstellar Travel & Beyond
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D

Tuesday March 12
Space Tech After NASA: Boom Times for Innovation?
Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom