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"Unlike traditional NASA missions of exploration and science, this grand challenge is driven by the idea that protecting our planet is an issue bigger than any one program, mission or country," NASA chief technologist Mason Peck said in a statement.
"For the first time, NASA has reached out to industry, academia, stakeholder organizations and private citizens for ideas on how to find, track and deflect asteroids," Peck added. "These partnerships represent a new way of doing business for NASA and a call to action for makers: join us to become a critical part of the future of space exploration."
This is not the first time NASA has asked the public for contributions. They had a Send Your Name to the Moon mission, a Send Your Name to Mars mission, both tying into various launches and the STS Shuttle Send your Face to Space missions. Personal examples below:
the more eyes you have looking the better chance of spotting them.edit on 22-9-2013 by hounddoghowlie because: (no reason given)