NASA Seeks Coders to Hunt Asteroids

US space agency NASA, is seeking coders who could prevent a global catastrophe by identifying asteroids that could potentially crash into Earth.

The Asteroid Data Hunter contest will offer $35,000 to programmers who can identify asteroids captured by ground-based telescopes, and the winning solution must increase the detection rate and minimise the number of false positives.

Genn Gustetic, executive of the programme said: "Protecting the planet from the threat of asteroid impact means first knowing where they are.

"By opening up the search for asteroids, we are harnessing the potential of innovators and makers and citizen scientists everywhere to solve this global challenge."

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