is a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. We curate awesome projects that allow for anyone, with or without a formal science background, to make an active contribution to the furthering of space exploration and knowledge. launched in 2008 and is an entirely independent effort. If you enjoy and want to support the effort, come join us on Patreon!

Ariel Waldman, Founder

Ariel Waldman is on a mission to make science and space exploration disruptively accessible. She sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight and the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?. Ariel is the founder of a directory of ways for anyone to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots endeavor to prototype things with science that is now in over 25 countries. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

Lisa Ballard, CTO

Lisa Ballard is on a mission to make space data accessible. She is a planetary science web developer at the SETI Institute and the CTO of She is also the creator of Daily Rings and the co-creator of, a catalog of the human-made machines that freckle our solar system. As a web developer and science advocate, she is passionate about creating beautiful user experiences through close collaborations with designers. In addition to loving all-things-space, Lisa enjoys scuba diving, hiking and spending time with her cats.