Helping developers against asteroids that could threaten our planet, asks NASA for the Asteroid Data Hunter.
Asteroid Data Hunter offers 35.000 dollars to developers who will be able to develop algorithms that will demonstrate asteroids in images from terrestrial telescopes. The solution that will emerge should increase the asteroid tracking rate and minimize the number of incorrect markings.
Also, said "asteroid hunting code" should be able to ignore "flaws" in data and be able to "run" on all computer systems.
"The protection του πλανήτη από την απειλή της πρόσκρουσης αστεροειδή σημαίνει ότι πρώτα πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε πού βρίσκονται» δήλωσε η Τζεν Γκούστετιτς, υπεύθυνη του προγράμματος, σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα του BBC.
«Διευρύνοντας την αναζήτηση αστεροειδών, δεσμεύουμε τις δυνατότητες ανθρώπων που καινοτομούν, δημιουργών και πολιτών επιστημόνων παντού, για να αντιμετωπίσουμε αυτή την παγκόσμια challenge».
Currently, it is estimated that only the 1% of objects in orbit around the Sun are being watched, according to Planetary Resources, which is working with NASA as part of the competition.
Speaking at the SXSW conference on Tuesday, Gustetich and Jason Kessler explained how the US space service uses a combination of crowdsourcing and prizes to boost its efforts in the field of asteroid detection.
In the presentation, the example of the dinosaurs, which disappeared due to the asteroid fall in the Gulf of Mexico before 66 millions of years, was used in the fifth case of "mass extinction" on our planet.
"Mass extinction is something that eliminates the 75% of species on the planet within two million years," he noted, pointing out that, compared to dinosaurs, human species is not for a very long time its "dominant" planet.
As the Guardian mentions, the question, according to Gustatich, is whether we are smart enough to avoid the fate of dinosaurs.
The Asteroid Data Hunter starts at 17 March and will last until mid-August.