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Smile in T-10, 9, 8…

29 May 2013, 18:28 UTC
Smile in T-10, 9, 8…
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Last week, we announced the Best in Class for the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The stories of these solutions and the teams who created them are too good not to share. Thus, we bring you a series of Best in Class profiles.
These are the voyages of the Space Apps Challenge…

It all began with a burrito.
Before Kate Gray remembered that there was such a thing as the International Space Apps Challenge, or realized that it had set challenges, she was looking up at the London sky.
A self-professed “proper space geek,” Gray contemplated the perpetual Londonian cloud cover that rarely allowed photographs from space of the historic city. Ideas that utilized today’s gadget-heavy culture to help coordinate missions were already percolating throughout space culture. Recalling a conversation with Tim Peake, renowned British astronaut, in which they discussed the practicality and efficiency of iPads and apps to astronauts, Gray was struck by inspiration. Her idea: an interfacing system between astronauts in the International Space Station and ordinary people on Earth.
What if there was an app that established direct communication between astronauts and civilians that allowed them to track and schedule viewings of the ISS from ...

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