NASA has launched the second International Space Apps Challenge taking place in April

NASA launches open source space app event

NASA is urging people to help contribute to space exploration missions as part of the second International Space Apps Challenge.

Along with government agencies worldwide NASA will host the event from April 20 top 21, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions to aid space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

Nick Skytland, program manager of NASA's Open Innovation Program, said: "What sets apart the International Space Apps Challenge from other events is that this is a collaborative opportunity to engage people from all over the world to participate in space exploration and develop state-of-the-art technology to improve life on Earth and in space."

During the two-day open source event, representatives of NASA and other international space agencies will gather with scientists and participants to use publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardware and visualization challenges.

Challenges selected to be worked on during the event will be published online prior to the event and will include robotics, citizen science platforms and applications of remote sensing data.

The 2012 challenge engaged more than 2,000 participants who collaborated on more than 100 open source solutions to 71 featured challenges.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space Apps Challenge event, thirty-eight other events will be held in 30 other countries including the UK and both the McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboard the International Space Station will also be participating.

Registration for citizen participation will open on March 1. To learn more about the event visit http://spaceappschallenge.org

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