If you’re a proficient coder, you could help NASA in the search for potentially dangerous Near Earth Objects and get paid for it. Let’s face it, hunting down dangerous asteroids is as close to being a super hero as you’re probably ever going to get and it’s pretty damn cool.
Over the next six months, NASA will be offering prizes totaling a cool $35,000 to anyone who can help to refine the way they currently detect, track, and analyze asteroid movements in space. The Near Earth Object Observation Program is already in place to do just this job, but the sheer amount of data collected by NASA’s telescopes is too much for the agency to analyze.
Anyone hoping to help NASA look for these asteroids will need to develop algorithms and programs to “increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data, and run effectively on all computers.”
All in a day’s work for your average programmer, right?