NASA announces NTL's Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge

March 10, 2014

Harvard-NTL is proud to announce a joint challenge with NASA, Planetary Resources, and topcoder in the first of many prized-based algorithm tournaments that will help citizen scientists find and track near earth objects such as asteroids. This challenge tasks competitors to develop a significantly improved algorithm to identify asteroids in images from ground-based telescopes. The winning solution will increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computers Asteroids pose both a possible threat and an opportunity for Earth: they could impact us, causing damage, OR possibly be mined for resources that could help extend our ability to explore the universe.

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