In past few years, the role of the US space agency NASA has changed from sending crews into space via the shuttle, to the exploration of the solar system and out space. The later is of course, more exciting and NASA still keeps it hand in the space travel business because of the International Space Station (ISS). But its exploration that we are thinking about today, in fact to be more precise it’s the search for Asteroids that is getting a lot of attention with the Asteroid Data Hunter Contest with a prize of around $25,000 for the team that develops an improved algorithm to indentify asteroids.
The contest starts on the 17th, so those interested will need to create an account, read up on the requirements and get to work, naturally there are going to be some serious rules and regulations in place, but it’s not rocket science, well not exactly. The winner will prove that their solution will be able to meet the following requirements; it must improve on the detection sensitivity, ensure that the number of false sightings are kept to minimum, skip over any imperfections found in the stored data and finally it should be able to work with all computer systems to ensure the widest coverage.
Source: Top Coder