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To understand why Mason Peck, NASA’s chief technologist, was at World Maker Faire New York 2013 (his second Maker Faire), just look and listen to the level of activity behind him in the video above: that energy and enthusiasm is what Peck, and NASA, wants to capture for the US space program.
Specifically, NASA is interested in attracting makers to their recently-issued Grand Challenge focused on asteroid research and planetary defense. In Peck’s talk, below, he outlines why the agency wants citizen scientists to focus on this challenge.
This is not just feel good, public relations. NASA wants you!
Peck was also at Maker Faire to encourage participation in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The barriers for getting a project into space are lower than they’ve ever been, and Peck wants makers to take advantage of the opportunity.
Peck, who’s father was a science fiction writer, also clearly enjoys…
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