NASA has recorded over 100 terabytes of space images, telemetry, models and just about everything one can imagine from all the planetary missions from the past 30 years. The data stored is within NASA’s planetary data system (PDS). And it’s all available free at http://pds.nasa.gov
But, while rich in depth and breath, the PDS databases have developed in a disparate fashion over the years with different architectures and formats for different scientific needs; thereby making acquisition of data problematic!
So, NASA is holding a series of Challenges to generate some simply awesome ideas for mobile or web based applications that will appeal to general users, to search and display compelling facts about the data. Instead of just scientists, our audience will be the millions of school age students, their teachers and parents, game designers and general civilians of the world. We want to deliver this incredible data to users in a way that excites them – and thus, to help them understand the value and potential of this data.
To select winning submissions, NASA has organized a top-notch review board of educators, scientists, administrators and an astronaut!
First place prizes are up to $10,000, plus the added bonus of being crowned Space Coder of the Galaxy 2012! And one talented high school winner will receive a special VIP invitation from NASA – see below!