About CosmoQuest Citizen Science Projects

Image Detective

CosmoQuest and NASA invite you to help build a one-of-a-kind library from 1.5+ million astronaut photographs. This library will help scientists, and the curious of all kinds more easily search and find images of interest.

Image Detective is the newest of CosmoQuest’s citizen science projects. Working from your home computer, you can view astronaut images and either identify features or challenge yourself to find the exact location on Earth of the astronaut photo. Whichever path you take, your efforts will contribute to publishing a library of images for scientists and people like you to explore.



Mars Mappers

Mars is a weird little world riddled with sand dunes, noes, and a myriad of other features that you can map out in Moon Mappers. Help scientists determine the youngest areas to look for life, and determine just when the volcanoes on Mars were last active.



Mercury Mappers

Full-planet photographic coverage of Mercury from MESSENGER reveals that one of the basic assumptions of impact cratering is broken on that planet: Secondary craters – craters formed when blocks of ejecta from an extraplanetary impactor are launched and create their own craters – dominate crater counts at diameters as large as 10 km. This makes understanding everything on Mercury a little bit harder. By mapping craters across Mercury, we can better the role secondary craters play in shaping this world.



Moon Mappers

Help map out the safe places for a spacecraft to land and the scientifically interesting places to explore with Moon Mappers. This project asks you to map out craters on the moon in images of such high resolution that sun bathing basketball players could easily been seen on the Moon’s surface.



Vesta Mappers

The Dawn Mission began getting up close and personal with giant asteroid (aka mini-planet) Vesta in July 2011. Over the ensuing year, the spacecraft’s awesome instruments gathered intriguing data from this mysterious world in the main asteroid belt. They include tens of thousands of images taken by the framing camera, more images than the team has time to analyze in detail. That’s where you come in. You don’t have to be a member of the Dawn team to engage in the art of interpreting the images. Help Vesta scientists map out the crazy shaped craters that cover this asteroid.