NASA Introduces Asteroid Grand Challenge to Protect Earth
NASA also issued a request for information (RFI) for ideas on locating, redirecting, and exploring asteroids
NASA is looking for brilliant minds to figure out how to locate dangerous asteroids and eliminate any potential harm they may cause.
NASA announced the Asteroid Grand Challenge today, which is asking anyone — from government agencies to companies to citizen scientists — to come up with a way to locate ominous asteroids headed our way and protect the planet from destruction.
“NASA already is working to find asteroids that might be a threat to our planet, and while we have found 95 percent of the large asteroids near the Earth’s orbit, we need to find all those that might be a threat to Earth,” said Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator. “This Grand Challenge is focused on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learning how to deal with potential threats. We will also harness public engagement, open innovation and citizen science to help solve this global problem.”
NASA also issued a request for information (RFI) for ideas on locating, redirecting, and exploring asteroids.
The White House said it is on board with the Grand Challenge.