Datanauts Collage

Are you ready to begin an open data voyage with NASA? The NASA Datanauts initiative has welcomed an eclectic group of more than 150 people representing a variety of backgrounds. Now, we’re recruiting 50 new Datanauts for the Spring 2018 class and want YOU to apply!

We’re inviting students and subject matter experts, developers and hardware hackers, makers and artists, designers and entrepreneurs, whether beginning, intermediate or advanced to apply to be part of the initiative. Are you a storyteller? We'd love you to explore new ways to share stories about data investigations you and your fellow Datanauts undertake together.

The application is open now until December 22, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.


Fall 2017 class

What is a Datanaut?

NASA Datanauts is an international community of people interested in learning how to develop data science skills through access to and use of NASA’s open data. This class or cohort of 50 Datanauts will be the first class of 2018!

You do not have to be a hardcore coder to be a Datanaut (although those are welcome too)! Borne out of NASA’s Women in Data initiative, the Datanaut program is open to anyone interested in technology, data science, earth and space. Our activities encourage collaboration between members, the merging of ideas and skill-sharing.

NASA Datanauts:

  • Receive guidance on accessing and incorporating NASA data into projects;

  • Pursue a variety of skills-learning tracks led by NASA and other experts, such as an introduction to R and GitHub;

  • Gain access to a community of like-minded problem solvers, creators and people passionate about skill-building and sharing;

  • Attend or organize virtual and live community events to showcase or collaborate on projects;

  • Engage in dialogue with experts on data science, technology, earth, space and other related fields such as social science, gaming, media, arts, fashion; and

  • Will have the opportunity to organize and present self-driven, collaborative projects and engage in NASA-created data projects, and potentially learn new or refine existing skills.

Ultimately, Datanauts are given access to tools and an environment to facilitate collaboration on ideas and projects that leverage NASA data.

Who is a Datanaut?

Datanauts come from a wide range of life stages, career fields, and levels of technical expertise. Past Datanauts have included designers, developers, data scientists, students, storytellers, career transitioners, nonprofit managers, community organizers, and entrepreneurs. We believe that solutions to today’s problems require input from people from a variety of backgrounds and that problem-solvers need a supportive environment to grow ideas and learn and test new skills.

Join us!

Where do I find out more?

Still not sure if you have what it takes to be a NASA Datanaut? Read more about the Datanauts program and the application process on the Datanauts webpage. NASA will begin reviewing applications for the spring 2018 cohort immediately and will be announcing selections in early January. Applications are due December 22, 2017 at 11:59pm PST!