In the seventh consecutive year of All India Asteroid Search Campaign, conducted by SPACE in India. SPACE announces Asteroid Grand Challenge Digital Badging for All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC) 2016, in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and Asteroid Grand Challenge (AGC), as its pilot programme.
The Asteroid Grand Challenge is a large-scale effort under NASA, which uses multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia, and citizen scientists to detect, track, characterize, and create mitigation strategies for potentially hazardous asteroids.
The AGC recognized Digital Badges will be provided to the participants under AIASC after completion of the specified criteria under 6 categories, i.e. Asteroid Club, Talking Space, Astrometry, NEO Hunter, Preliminary Asteroid Discovery and Provisional Asteroid Discovery.
Further, these badges can be viewed across all platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The participants of AIASC 2016 are among the first group of students to join and earn badges under the system.
During the ongoing Campaign, 90 teams with 2 participants each from 90 educational institutions will be applying for the Badges which will certify them on all social media platforms. The badges will be a representation of their efforts as citizen scientists to help find all asteroid threats to the human population and know what to do about them.
SPACE, as the National Coordinator of All India Asteroid Search Campaign is participating in the Summer Survey, and is privileged to provide this distinctive opportunity for its participants to get recognized internationally and earn badges. Below are the list of the badges and criteria by which students can earn eligibility:
ASTEROID CLUB BADGE
The Asteroid Club Badge issues credit to a student/participant who has fulfilled the basic requirements as outlined in the criteria to begin doing real science with asteroids and work with the goal of hunting asteroids collaboratively with others.
The participant must provide evidence that they have attended the initial introduction meeting. They must also download Astrometrica, and complete the quizzes on the IASC and SPACE website.
TALKING SPACE BADGE
This badge certifies that the holder of this badge is competent and proficient in basic celestial mechanics, vocabulary and space science related to asteroid studies, having completed an original project and presentation which has been presented to an audience.
The participant will have to present their presentation to their peers, using sufficient visuals and resources, and/or maybe also present it locally to other schools, clubs and groups.
The earner will demonstrate a competency in using the Astrometrica software. Alongside their mentor/advisor, the participant has taken their analysis and helped to create MPC reports that will be sent to IASC.
The earner must submit screenshots in jpeg file of their work demonstrating using the Astrometrica software, updating the orbital base server, completing manual searches & automated searches, modification of the background colour and naming “new objects” correctly.
ASTEROID CHALLENGE LAB – NEO HUNTER BADGE
The participant has successfully hunted asteroids as a part of an astronomy club affiliated with the AGC. The badge holder has competency in celestial mechanics and space science, research and presentations, astrometry software, and other skills involved in hunting asteroids.
The badge holder has earned all 3 badges: Astrometry, Talking Space and Asteroid Club.
PRELIMINARY ASTEROID DISCOVERER BADGE
The participant has to successfully make the Preliminary Discovery confirmed by IASC.
PROVISIONAL ASTEROID DISCOVERER BADGE
The participant has to make a Provisional Discovery, i.e., confirmed asteroid discovery recognized by IASC.
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