Crowdsourcing Project of the Day

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The U.S. military's renowned R&D wing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the latest bureau to join the crowdsourcing bandwagon with the launch of SpaceView, a sky-monitoring project that enables amateur space-gazers to gather data for the U.S. Air Force's Space Surveillance Network and help protect American orbital assets from colliding with space junk. NASA estimates there are more than 500,000 pieces of dangerous space debris orbiting the Earth, including spent rocket stages, defunct satellites and parts from other spacecraft.



Crowdsourcing Project of the Day is a feature series documenting the latest tools and innovations that are powered by the crowdsourcing model.

Space Shot of the Day

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The latest images from NASA's GOES-13 satellite shed a new light on Hurricane Sandy's northbound journey across North America (shown at top center).



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong of the Day

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Neil Armstrong was laid to rest at sea today. The pics are amazing, as is this video tribute by NASA.

RIP, Neil.

[doobybrain]

NASA And Neil deGrasse Tyson Blow Up Asteroids of the Day

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What does it take to save the earth from possible asteroid-based destruction? A super-team of experts, under the water. Oh yes.

[popsci]

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work of the Day

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The lonely Curiosity rover is poised to get a companion on Mars in September 2016 -- so long as NASA's next mission, InSight, goes as planned.

Where Curiosity has been tasked with exploring the surface of Mars, a second rover is needed to probe its innards.

"We're really clueless about the interior," said NASA director of Planetary Science Jim Green.

And by 2016, us earthlings will be more than ready for a little Red Planet romance.

[themarysue]

When Curiosity Landed On Mars of the Day

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Holy schnikes -- Mark Rober's story could well qualify as a heartwarming tearjerker.

An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Rober has spent the past seven years of his life working on the Curiosity Rover.

Watch as his whole world comes down to seven heart-pounding minutes.

[devour]

Carl Sagan's Message To Mars of the Day

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In 1996, just months before he died, astronomer/astrophysicist/author Carl Sagan recorded this message to future colonists living on Mars.

Very interesting to hear 16 years later, in the light of Curiosity's landing, and cuts jeopardizing our national space programs.

Hopefully a few politicians are listening to his words of wisdom.

[shortformblog]