NASA Tournament Lab


Pale Blue Dot: Visualization Challenge

Use public Earth observation data to create a visualization that furthers one of three Sustainable Development Goals.
Submission Deadline
Space Study Program


This competition does not require advanced technical or coding skills. That makes it a great place to dive into the world of data visualization and Earth data! Participants at all skill levels are welcome. So buckle up and launch your space-generated data journey.

Our world is facing many urgent challenges, such as climate change, water insecurity, and food insecurity. Maintaining and improving quality of life around the world requires bringing together innovators across disciplines and countries to find creative solutions.

One critical tool for understanding and improving the urgent challenges facing our world is Earth observation data, meaning data that is gathered in outer space about life here on Earth! Earth observation data provides accurate and publicly accessible information on our atmosphere, oceans, ecosystems, land cover, and built environment. The United States and its partners have a long history of exploring outer space and making satellite, airborne, and in-situ sensor datasets openly available to all.

Your goal in this challenge is to create a visualization using Earth observation data that advances at least one of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

By participating, you can be part of NASA's initiative to Transform to Open Science and to make Earth observation data available to all.

This challenge was created on behalf of NASA and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE), in collaboration with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)."

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