Nasa Asteroid Data Hunter contest hopes humans will outsmart dinosaurs
An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate?
Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km in size, and claims to have found 98% of them.
Now it’s enlisting coders and citizen scientists to help with a survey of smaller asteroids that could still be hazardous, including the launch today of a set of “Asteroid Data Hunter” developer contests. Read more
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