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ESA's Fourth Space App Camp

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/Space_App_Camp_2015.jpg"ESA's fourth Space App Camp starts on Monday, with 23 professional app developers from all across Europe at the Agency's facility in Frascati, Italy. Huge amounts of data from space the kind produced by the European Earth observation Copernicus programme and its Sentinel satellites offer countless opportunities for global challenges, in connection with mobile applications. The Space App Camp unites programmers to develop creative and innovative smartphone apps, which make Earth observation data accessible to a wide range of people. ESA will provide access to satellite data for developing mobile applications (Android and iOS). The goal is to bring Earth observation data particularly coming from the European Copernicus environment-monitoring programme to the everyday user through smartphones. During the week-long camp, attendees will be asked to find creative answers to global problems."

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International Space Apps Challenge 2016

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/spaceapps.2016.jpg"NASA is preparing for the next International Space Apps Challenge. Space Apps is an international mass collaboration that takes place in cities around the world, embracing collective problem solving with a goal of using NASA's open data to produce open-source solutions that can advance space exploration missions and improve life on Earth. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations."

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Web App For Teaching Remote Sensing

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/landsat_application.jpg"Teaching remote sensing? This web mapping application can be a very useful teaching tool. The web mapping application covers the whole planet, with mapping services that are updated daily with new Landsat 8 scenes. Access many band combinations and indices by hovering over the tools to the left of the map image and selecting among the following:

- Agriculture: Highlights agriculture in bright green. Bands 6,5,2
- Natural Color: Sharpened with 25m panchromatic band. Bands 4,3,2+8
- Color Infrared: Healthy vegetation is bright red. Bands 5,4,3
- SWIR (Short Wave Infrared): Highlights rock formations. Bands 7,6,4
- Geology: Highlights geologic features. Bands 7,4,2
- Bathymetric: Highlights underwater features. Bands 4,3,1
- Panchromatic: Panchromatic image at 15m. Band 8
- Vegetation Index: Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). (Band5-Band4)/(Band5+Band4)
- Moisture Index: Normalized Difference Moisture Index (NDMI). (Band5-Band6)/(Band5+Band6)"

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NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission App

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/arm-screen-1.jpg "Learn from NASA leaders, engineers and scientists about NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a stepping stone along our path to human pioneering of Mars. ARM will be the first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it into a stable orbit around the moon. Once it's there, astronauts will explore it and return with samples in the 2020s. Using concept maps as a navigation tool, browse through hundreds of videos, images, and texts on benefits to be gained and capabilities needed to extend human presence beyond low Earth orbit into the proving ground and eventually to Earth independence."

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http://images.spaceref.com/news/corplogos/space.apps.2015.jpg"From a voice and gesture command system for spacecraft, to an app that provides farmers information about their crops' health, this year's winners of the International Space Apps Challenge cover a wide range of technology solutions for space exploration and life on Earth. NASA, in conjunction with other space agencies around the world, held the fourth annual code-a-thon April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide and the results are in. Winning apps were selected in six categories, including a People's Choice Award. Participants were asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. This year, 35 challenges represented NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics. The categories and winning apps are:"

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NASA Releases Abundance of Free Code

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/engines.jpg"This week, NASA released its second annual Software Catalog, a giant compendium of over 1,000 programs available for free to industry, government agencies, and the general public. The Software Catalog contains the actual advanced engineering and aeronautics codes NASA engineers purpose-built for their daily work. The Software Catalog stemmed from the October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum on accelerating the commercialization of Federal research in support of high-growth businesses, in which the President challenged all Federal agencies to find new ways to increase the efficiency and economic impact of their technology transfer activities."

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Space Apps 2015 Kicks Off

"NASA is gearing up for its fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, April 10-12. The event unfolds at more than 135 locations worldwide, including this year's Global Mainstage event in New York featuring NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, agency Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, and Deborah Diaz, NASA's chief technology officer for IT."

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New Tool Enables Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

sunsets.jpg"NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. NASA's Dawn spacecraft studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. Data gathered from multiple instruments aboard Dawn have been compiled into Vesta Trek's user-friendly set of tools, enabling citizen scientists and students to study the asteroid's features. Vesta Trek was developed by NASA's Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project (LMMP), which provides mission planners, lunar scientists and the public with analysis and data visualization tools for our moon, spanning multiple instruments on multiple missions. Vesta Trek represents the first application of LMMP's capabilities to another world beyond the moon. LMMP-based portals for other worlds in our Solar System are currently in development."

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Software Students: Go Where No Coder Has Gone Before

"ESA is seeking student software developers from across Europe to participate in its Summer of Code in Space. Winning applicants will be paid to develop innovative open-source software for space projects. ESA's Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is an annual programme to give students the chance to work on open-source space-related software during their summer time. Since SOCIS began in 2011, more than 60 students have been part of the adventure, and if you are a student in any ESA Member State, this year could be your turn."

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Asteroid Detection App Now Available

"A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system's main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. During a panel Sunday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, NASA representatives discussed how citizen scientists have made a difference in asteroid hunting. They also announced the release of a desktop software application developed by NASA in partnership with Planetary Resources, Inc., of Redmond, Washington."

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ESA App Camp Brings Satellite Data to Mobile Devices

"Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year's ESA App Camp in Barcelona. The App Camp offers access to the latest space data and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform to European app developers, who work to make the information accessible to a broad audience."

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International Space Apps Challenge 2015

"NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the next International Space Apps Challenge. The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration that takes place in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to advance space exploration missions and improve life on Earth. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators and local partner organizations."

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mPING App: Crowdsourcing Weather Reports

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called "mPING," for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground. mPING reports are immediately archived into a database at NSSL, and are displayed on a map accessible to anyone. To use the app, reporters select the type of weather that is occurring, and tap "submit." The anonymous reports can be submitted as often as every minute.

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NASA's Space Station Research Explorer App

Have you ever wondered about the hundreds of experiments that have been conducted on the International Space Station? The Space Station Research Explorer provides current information on ISS experiments, facilities and research results through video, photos, interactive media, and in-depth descriptions. The Experiments section provides access to the six main experiment categories and their subcategories. Experiments are depicted as dots within the category system and the stems connecting the dots to the system depict the length of time the experiment spent on orbit. Users can drill down to see specific experiments within the categories and subcategories or search for a specific experiment or subject using the search option.

Weather and Environmental Satellite Crowd Sourcing: Two New Apps

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s academic partner, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed two free mobile apps that bring the ability to see and capture satellite data to mobile users' fingertips. The apps received development support from NOAA and NASA. The SatCam app for iOS devices allows mobile users to capture observations of sky and ground conditions at the same time that an Earth observing satellite is overhead. The WxSat (short for Weather Satellite) app, for iOS and android, displays and animates full-resolution, real-time weather satellite data. WxSat leverages the SSEC Data Center holdings to provide global coverage for visible, infrared, and water vapor channels.

Send Your Computer Code Into Space with Tim Peake

"Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim's 6 month mission and both will be connected to a new "Astro Pi" board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets. Launched today at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (21-24 January) and will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi."

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2015 ESA App Camp

"Apply today for the 2015 ESA App Camp in Barcelona, and the opportunity to develop mobile apps that tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. This unique app development event offers access to the latest space data and the SAP HANA Platform - choose your challenge and meet with like-minded people to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. The winning teams will be invited to the ESA App Camp in Barcelona, Spain and honoured at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Think you're up to the challenge?"

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