More and more real scientific research
projects that invite members of the general
public to participate are opening up all
the time. These are now often referred to
as Citizen Science projects.
I have often pointed here to programs like
which offers astronomical and space science
related Citizen Science projects such as
Hunters and Moon
To assist people in finding a citiizen
science project to match their particular
interest, thre is now SciStarter.
It lists all sorts of projects in a wide
array different areas such as Astronomy
& Space, Biology,
& Weather, Geology
& Earth Science, Physics
and many others.
There's a Citizen Science project out there
For example, join the Vesta
Mappers project and help classify the
multitude of craters visible in the thousands
of images taken by the Dawn
spacecraft during its year orbiting
The website explains the
science involved and there are tutorials
to teach you how to find and categorize
the various types of craters on the asteroid.