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NASA, Planetary Resources Partner for Crowd-Sourced Asteroid Study

International Space StationNASA will work with Planetary Resources to create a crowd-sourced initiative as part of plans to identify asteroids and other near-Earth objects, FedScoop reported Friday.

Colby Hochmuth writes the collaboration is included in the space agency’s “Asteroid Grand Challenge,” a program created to detect asteroids and to determine if they could be redirected to the moon’s orbit for further investigation.

The organizations intend to hold algorithm contests with agency-funded sky survey information starting early next year with the goal of finding solutions improve current survey projects, according to the report.

Hochmuth reports the competition will use the Asteroid Zoo program from Planetary Resource and Zooniverse, which is in development at the moment, while NASA will be in charge of contest development and management.

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