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Last month the US space agency announced it would begin working with Planetary Resources Inc. to expand its ability to detect asteroids.
Founded by space entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson to extract minerals and other resources from nearby asteroids, Planetary Resources has already experimented with the internet’s ability to bring people together. It used Kickstarter to fund the development of a satellite telescope to find asteroids and planets—and also take “space selfies” of its backers. The company also worked with Zooniverse, a citizen science group, to develop a game that lets anyone help hunt through sky survey data for unmapped asteroids.
Now NASA has asked Planetary Resources to expand upon that game, developing contests that challenge programmers to build software that can pick asteroids out of the 3 million images in the Catalina Sky Survey. Winners will receive cash prizes funded by NASA. For their part, Planetary Resources hopes the contest generates fresh data on the location of the asteroids it hopes to mine.
I think NASA is more worried than ever about asteroid detection, don´t you think so ? ...
reply to post by CosmicDude
Prior to Shoemaker-Levy slamming into Jupiter, there were more people working in a single MacDonalds than there were on government payroll actively looking for asteroids that were a threat to Earth.
Increased awarness by everyone is welcomed, and the more people are looking (people as in amateurs, professionals and space agencies) the better chance of spotting something that could be bad for us.
Even if all we can do is determine impact point on Earth, at least we can try to warn people so they can evacuate (hopefully). That's better than being completely caught with our pants down.