The “galactic impact” winner of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge crowd sources micro-climate data, using volunteers and low-cost sensors, to give a much richer portrait of weather patterns across a city.
The NASA Greener Cities Project, produced by a team of developers from Gothenburg, Sweden, has the greatest “potential to significantly improve life on earth or in the universe,” the Space Apps challenge organizers said in a blog post Wednesday.
Other winners of NASA’s second space apps challenge held April 20 and 21 include:
- Popeye on Mars, a greenhouse capable of surviving Martian weather conditions that harvests not just spinach to eat but the oxygen that spinach produces.
- ISS Base Station, a mechanical arm that points to the current location of the International Space Station and iOS software that shows the station on a map.
- Sol, an app that offers the daily weather report from Mars.
All the apps were built with open data provided by NASA.