Help NASA Save Earth? They Want Your Ideas

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NASA wants your help to save Earth from a deadly asteroid. On Tuesday the space agency announced it's Asteroid Grand Challenge at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The goal is to find asteroids that might be a threat to earth and while it believes it's found 95 percent of them, they want to find all the rest.

"This Grand Challenge is focused on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learning how to deal with potential threats," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said in an agency news release. "We will also harness public engagement, open innovation, and citizen science to help solve this global problem."

So they are asking scientists, academics, and just regular people to come up with ideas to help find the space rocks and prevent them from hitting earth.

The program only last for 30 days. Ideas can be sent via email to NASA. 

"I guarantee you there's a number of great ideas out there that I'd never come up with," Jason Kessler, NASA's program executive for the challenge, told NBC News. "We're being very deliberate in not saying, 'This is the way it's going to be,' except to say this is how it's going to be to promote, engage, and solicit ideas from the myriad number of great thinkers."

For more information, go to the asteroid initiative request.

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