Tired of sitting alone staring up at the stars? Spacehack could be for you.
Spacehack is a collaborative portal for anyone with a passing interest in the extraterrestrial.
Created earlier this year by ex-NASA program co-ordinator Ariel Waldman, Spacehack brings together individual enthusiasts and teams from around the world to work together on a diverse range of open-source initiatives.
In 2008, Congressional funding was approved which specifically directed NASA to â€śfacilitate participation by the publicâ€ť in its national space programs. On this basis, space fans from around the globe can communicate and learn together through the competitions, events and open-source projects that regularly form part of everyday life at Spacehack.
The famous SETI@HOME project, which encourages users to donate spare processing capacity in their PCs to the number-crunching required in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has a place in the Spacehack portal. Also here is the Google Lunar X competition offering a $20m prize to the first team to safely land a robot on the Moon, travel 500 meters and send images and data back to Earth.
Alternatively, you might fancy having a go at entering a moonbuggy race in Alabama or simply want to join the search for interstellar dust particles from home. Either way, Spackhack could be for you.
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