While NASA has proposed 50 challenges, we have 6 that we're primarily focusing on at our Liège / Luik event from April 12-13. Use the tools below to find challenges that require someone of your skill set, find out more information on each challenge, and join our Google Group to discuss particular challenges and form teams ahead of the event.
Of course, if you want to talk in person and form teams, we'll be having a "Beer and Post It's" event at WSL on April 13 at 7pm that is free to attend as well!
Your challenge is to create a central place for information and visualizations of these sky phenomena. Brainstorm ways to follow the event in real time from the ground (keeping in mind that an event’s visibility could change depending on local weather and time of day). Once the event is announced, how does the news spread around the world? How can we make these astrophysical trends and events more visible?
What would it look like if you could pilot an orbiting satellite? Create a visualization tool so people have a view from a satellite as it moves in orbit or transfers orbits. You could see what an astronaut would see if she could hitch a ride on a satellite. The tool could show things like moon-hopping in the Jupiter system, landing on Mars, or landing on Rosetta as it orbits the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You could even 'pilot' the probe to the comet surface. This tool could also be designed to generate a three dimensional view from the International Space Station Cupola with the Earth moving underneath.
Develop an application that displays the positions of missions currently in space. These would include projects orbiting the Earth, like INTEGRAL, XMM, Envisat, and International Space Station. They could also include missions around other planets (Mars Express, Venus Express), missions observing the Sun, like SOHO, missions travelling to asteroids, like Rosetta, or further away from the solar system, like Voyager. Missions still on orbit but non-operational can be included for completeness.
What would you build if you had instantaneous imagery data of the Earth from the past decade? Using openly accessible access to Earth imagery from the past and present create new ways to interact with NASA’s Earth imagery.
NASA’s Earth Observing System provides us with a wealth of free satellite data for research and community service. Create a game or app that displays satellite images of places around the world and asks users to guess where and what they are. The app could include land cover and land class identification tools for users to visually interpret features on the ground.
Our project has three parts: 1. Low-cost garden monitoring sensor. 2. Aggregate and normalize local environmental data for climate research and smart city greenhouse gas abatement. 3. Scale to global educational initiative for kids to encourage interest in programming and their environment.