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NASA puts 16-year-olds in charge of satellites
January 11, 2013 11:19 PM   Subscribe

Would you trust a 16-year-old in space? NASA evidently does Just after the sun rose on the East Coast on Jan. 11, astronauts aboard the International Space Station ran computer instructions, written by high school students, in bowling ball-size satellites floating inside the ISS cabin. The students' code told the satellites exactly where to go to complete challenges such as spitting out dust clouds and avoiding obstacles.
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Cool competition. I'm loving all the public-engagement stuff coming out of NASA and the ISS these days.

While digging through the sites to learn about the SPHERES robots, I came across this video, which is hilarious for the nonchalant way people float across the halls in the background.
posted by Popular Ethics at 11:48 PM on January 11, 2013


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