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Nasa seeks coders to hunt asteroids

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Posted in Software on 12th Mar, 2014 12:24 AM by AlexMuller

The US space agency NASA is seeking software developers who could help prevent a global catastrophe by identifying dangerous asteroids that could potentially crash into the Earth. This project, called the Asteroid Data Hunter contest, will offer $35,000 (£21,000) to programmers who can identify asteroids captured by ground-based telescopes.

 
The winning solution must increase the detection rate and minimise the number of false positives. Scientists are increasingly calling for help to make sense of vast data sets. The new improved asteroid hunting code must also be able to ignore imperfections in the data and run on all computer systems.
 
"Protecting the planet from the threat of asteroid impact means first knowing where they are," said Jenn Gustetic, executive of the programme.
 
"By opening up the search for asteroids, we are harnessing the potential of innovators and makers and citizen scientists everywhere to solve this global challenge."
 
Current asteroid detection is only tracking one percent of the estimated objects that orbit the sun, according to asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources, which is partnering with Nasa in the contest.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+2
Involving computers in this task is a good move as there are now huge data sets and not enough scientists to analyse them. However, as they describe " Computers don't have curiosity. People often find things in the data that computers can't" Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+3
Hunting asteroids before they endanger us is an important goal! We do not wish to end up extinct . Lets hope that someone comes up with a great new idea and gets this prize
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+2
This is important for survival of the human species: we have to address the asteroids, or they will address us. Because statistically a big enough one will come along that will scrub the planet clean and set it back to zero
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
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Yes, a shift in climate caused by a big asteroid strike may have killed off the dinosaurs. NASA is taking the risk of another such impact seriously enough to go looking for similar threats. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+2
Yes, after an asteroid exploded above Russia and caused extensive damage and injuries, scientists are making efforts to put systems in place that could identify such objects in the future. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+0
Because it came down near a populated area, scientists were able to collect videos from people who caught the asteroid on film and video Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-12
+0
This event was certainly one of the best-documented asteroid events ever. The chance to have a such close look is perhaps one in a lifetime for a physicist Reply
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