When Rocks Fall Like Rain

When Rocks Fall Like Rain

556 asteroids struck Earth over the past 20 years according to a new report from Nasa’s Near Earth Object Program. Fortunately the constant rain of rocks and boulders striking our planet burn up in the atmosphere - unless it’s a big one like the Chelyabinsnk meteor. Learn how you can help the professionals protect our planet from asteroid threats.

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Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

World Space Week 2014, the global celebration of all things space, chose the theme “Space: Guiding the Way” to raise awareness of the role satellite navigation systems play in our lives. In honor of World Space Week, here's a collection of GPS-enabled amateur space exploration projects you can join. Track balloons flying into Near Space; crowdsource aurora, weather, and cosmic ray data; or create your own GPS apps for Nasa.

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US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

Next January high school students will take over robots on the International Space Station. Throughout the Fall, teams of students will compete in European and American coding contests as part of the 2014 Zero Robotics High School Tournament. The contest lets students see how their coding skills can make a difference in the real world... and beyond.

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Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Amateur Space News May 20, 2014

Space agencies helping amateurs explore space were in the news today along with crowdsourcing emergency response. The daily Mars One coverage included a hit piece, a measured response from Nasa, and a candidate profile in the UK.

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Fireballs in the Sky Tracks Meteors with your Smartphone

Use your smartphone to help scientists find pieces of asteroids and planets here on Earth. Fireballs in the Sky, an app for Android and iOS, lets people report large meteors streaking through the night sky. Scientists use the data to triangulate the meteor’s path and find meteorites that reach the ground.

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Spheres Zero Robotics Competition

Students compete to race robots on the International Space Station thanks to the Spheres Zero Robotics Competition. Open to middle and high school students in the United States and European Space Agency member-nations, the program develops students' programming skills and helps researchers test satellite maneuvers in space.

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International Space Apps Challenge

Nasa organizes this annual two-day hackathon to develop open-source apps and API's that make space exploration easier. There's so much data in the archives at Nasa, Noaa, Esa, and other space agencies that the agencies' need help opening the archives to the broader public. Developers create open-source API's that make it easier for other developers to bring space data into apps. The apps can help people learn more about space or make their lives better here on Earth. Learn more about the 2014, 2013, and 2012 challenges.

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