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.

Sean Herron

Last weekend, the Expedition 28 crew onboard the International Space Station heard that their return home will be postponed from September 8th to an anticipated landing on September 16th due to the failure of a Russian Progress cargo vehicle on August 24th. Although I don’t think anyone would disagree with the fact that space travel is pretty much the most incredible opportunity anyone on this planet can have, I can imagine that, after six months onboard the Station, one must get a little homesick.

Astronaut Ron Garan is no exception - his departure delay has given him a stroke of orbital blues. The most fascinating thing to me about his latest video from space is not his musical talents (sorry, Ron) but rather the incredible view it gives of the International Space Station, courtesy Astronaut Mike Fossum. The massive size of the interior of the station never ceases to shock me.  Take a look:

If you haven’t already, be sure to also check out Fragile Oasis, a project Ron started to share and explore projects around the world contributing to making our planet a better place to live. It’s a perfect example of OpenGov in action and a great community to join!