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

As 2011 comes to a close, we would like to share a special thank you to everyone who has supported the Open Government Initiative this past year. We have come a long way this year and to celebrate the many accomplishments, we created an annual report infographic that shares some of the impressive highlights related to Open Government at NASA from the past 12 months. In 2012, we look forward to continuing to work with you to share NASA’s data, push forward the use of Open Source technologies, and create new participatory opportunities to engage citizens in our space exploration and aeronautics mission

[2011 Open Government Infographic][]

Highlights in Text

3Shuttles launched into space

560,000The number of view of the final Space Shuttle launch on NASA TV (one of the biggest online events in NASA history)

3 Astronauts in space right now

140,000,000+ Views of the homepage

250+Social media accounts by NASA across across Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+, YouTube, UStream and SlideShare

32 Astronauts with active twitter accounts

2,371,250 Followers on Twitter, Facebook & Google+

7,500,000 Views of the viral “Time Lapse from Space” video, by Michael König on vimeo

17Tweetups held to date

1600+ Cumulative participants at 2011 NASA Tweetups

89 Blog posts published at since July 2011

65,687 Views on since July 2011

12,307Lines of code written for the openNASA family of websites

2,300,000 Lines of code on the International Space Station

16 Software packages released under an open source license

1,200+ Datasets published at

4,000+Citizens engaged via Random Hacks of Kindness events in 2011

99 Cities around the world that have hosted a RHoK hackathon

25Days that it took NASA to reach 50K followers on Google+

97 Countries represented via remote engagement at the IT Summit (5830 people total)

110 Problem statements submitted for the International Space Apps Challenge

14,094Citizen scientist object classifications made during the NEEMO-15 mission

320 Citizen scientists registered to assist the NEEMO-15 mission

46,000Middle school students reached by NASA Education’s 2011 Summer of Innovation program

80 Fellowships provided by NASA’s Office of Chief Technologist to graduate students from 37 universities and colleges

1400 Number of research and technology development experiments that have been conducted on the International Space Station

1131FOIA requests processed

1027 FOIA requests received

70% Completed of the 150 original 2-year OpenGov goals

*Warm Wishes for the New Year,

The NASA OpenGov Team*

[2011 Open Government Infographic]: