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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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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Amateur Space News May 3, 2014

In today’s headlines amateur astronomers help science education in Tanzania, Canadian weather-spotters needed in Ontario, insider interviews on crowdsourcing projects, an Indian amateur astronomer recognized for his contributions, students launching rockets, and more Mars One candidates

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Amateur Space News April 10, 2014

Today's headlines include a Kickstarter project to send student experiments into Near Space, amateur weather observations in Noaa's online data portal, an interview with Mars One's concept designer and more….

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SatCam app improves climate research

Your smartphone can make science better. The SatCam project wants to improve space-based tools scientists use to study the atmosphere. The SatCam app lets you send ground truth reports of cloud cover so scientists can check weather satellites' accuracy

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Planet Four crowdsources the Martian landscape

Study the way Mars changes with the seasons. Join over 100,000 amateur space explorers in the Planet Four project as they analyze high-resolution images sent back to Earth by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The catalog you help create will help scientists make better weather forecasts on Mars.

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mPing app crowdsources weather data

The mPing project lets amateur weather-watchers with Android or iOS smartphones collect ground-truth for professional meteorologists. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma created the app because they needed a way to fill the gaps in weather radar coverage. Amateurs submitted over 250,000 observations during the winter of 2012-2013 alone.

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Cyclone Center

Scientists at the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration want amateurs to help study hurricanes, typhoons, and other tropical cyclones. Working with the Zooniverse crowdsourcing service, they created the Cyclone Center. Now you can help measure the intensity of cyclones in four decades of satellite images.

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