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Boris Joffe

1322 days ago
Lindsay O [Working Title: SparkySparkyBoomBoomRock]
Lisha S
  • Topic:
Lisha S
  • Team Members
Lindsay O
  1. Jordan Bunker - bunker.jordan@gmail.com
Justin M
  1. Justin Miller - justin@devjustinian.com
Lindsay O
  1. Pat Tresel - ptressel@myuw.net
  1. Boris Joffe - borisjoffe@gmail.com
  1. Nevan Wichers - nevan.wichers@yahoo.com
  • Goal
Scare people into being appropriately concerned about asteroid impacts.
  • Existing work
Lisha S
  • Solution Summary
  • Outside Links To Work
Links to your GitHub repository and any other work available on other sites.
  • Work Notes
Lindsay O Components of Project
What is needed is context. Create a visual story of what an asteroid is, how they threaten the Earth, and how often they actually impact the Earth. Flow of information and impact as an educational tool. Package of resources that can be shared and drive traffic toward current resources that have a wealth of information. Needs to have a continuous community engagement in order to be successful. Has a call to action - Why do we care, how do we address the issue, and what are we going to do? Focus on getting buy-in for increase in NASA budget. Call your congressperson!
  1. Visualization of Asteroids Threatening Earth - 
  1. Javascript front end/python backend
  1. Visualization of Meteoric Impacts We've Documented -
  1. Research of documentation of hit sites - 
  1. Referencing of documentation to individual points on impacts visualization -
  1. Repository housing these resources
  1. Publicity - how to scare the crap out of people?
Nevan W
  • Categories in Website:
  1. Intro: What are asteroids?
Jordan B
  1. What are asteroids made of?
  1. How many are there?
Nevan W
  1. Visualize asteroid orbits: 
Jordan B
  1. Something like Asterank visualization (http://www.asterank.com/3d/)
  1. How many asteroids are cataloged?
  1. Which ones are potentially hazardous?
  1. Visualize impact with earth
Jordan B
  1. Show how frequently impacts are occurring with Earth in realtime (meteorites)
Jordan B
  1. Visualize evidence of past impacts
  1. Links to information about each catastrophic impact
  1. Estimated size
  1. Compare current cataloged potentially hazardous asteroids to past
  1. Visual representation of diameter
  1. Visual representation of potential impact time (countdown timer?)
  1. What to do?
  1. Links to organizations (including NASA) which are trying to address the threat
  1. How can the public contribute to exploring and researching asteroids?
  1. Write a letter to government official expressing the importance of the topic?
  1. Related social media and online communities?
Lindsay O Current Forkable Code:
Justin M Not necessarily forkable
Asterank 3D visualization: http://www.asterank.com/3d/
Nevan W
  • Other Resources:
Jordan B
Boris J Python
data tools - NumPy, SciPy, pandas, matplotlib, ipython
web scraping - Beautiful Soup
Jordan B IRC Conversation about API: http://pastebin.com/Djnyf1Di

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