We might think we’re not good enough for NASA, but this time NASA is seeking us for help! NASA and The GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a citizen science cloud observation challenge. Until April 15th, citizen scientists of any age are encouraged to snap photos using the GLOBE app of up to ten clouds per day. What’s the purpose of it? So that NASA can validate their data by comparing the photos to their satellite images. Sometimes images from space are hard to positively identify, so GLOBE data is used to confirm findings. But in this case, human observations can provide more information than automated systems. To participate, you don’t need to be an expert cloud gazer. In the words of NASA, “Just go outside. The more clouds you observe, the more comfortable you’ll be collecting data.” Participants with the most observations will get a shout out by a NASA scientist in the video on The GLOBE Program's website and social media. Not a bad way to earn bragging rights.
1. How old do you need to be to participate in the GLOBE Program?
2. What are the GLOBE Program’s participants supposed to do?
3. What will happen to the winner of the GLOBE Program?
4. Would you be willing to participate in the GLOBE Program? Why or why not?
*All NASA findings belong to the public domain, which means anyone can use NASA data for free.
"NASA's public domain policy towards all of its findings is the way-to-go."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?