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NASA Announces Space Apps Challenge 42

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the discover-aliens-for-fun-and-profit dept.
coondoggie writes with an article in Network World about a development challenge put forth by NASA. From the article: "NASA said it would host an open source-based application competition that it hopes will deliver a new generation of software that can address space, weather, and economic issues. NASA said it will coordinate with other interested space agencies around the world on an International Space Apps Challenge that will encourage scientists and concerned citizens from all seven continents — and in space — to create, build, and invent new applications that can address world-class issues."
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NASA Announces Space Apps Challenge

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  • Re:NASA (Score:3, Insightful)

    by itchythebear (2198688) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @01:42PM (#37470448)

    No, NASA has never been about just "sending people to space". They accomplished their original goal of winning the space race and now their official mision statement is "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research".

    I'd say that this is exactly the kind of stuff NASA should be doing, they are saving time and money by not doing all this research themselves and at the same time (hopefully) promoting collaboration between scientists and space enthusiasts all over the world.

    Kudos NASA

  • Re:NASA (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Microlith (54737) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @01:52PM (#37470558)

    Indeed, we should never ever venture anywhere that isn't perfectly hospitable to us. It's just too dangerous and too scary.

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