Kessler sees the public being involved primarily through two different channels. The first is by getting people more involved in the act of spotting asteroids. He looks to GalaxyZoo, a project where users quickly categorize galaxies based on their shape and lighting, for inspiration.
The other channel Kessler sees may appeal to the more tech-savvy amateur scientists -- a Request for Information document, or RFI. In the document, NASA encourages all types of organizations to submit ideas on what they would like to see the Asteroid Initiative do.Robert Lightfoot, the associate administrator for NASA, admitted that this is very different direction than what the organization has done in the past."We want to hear from you," he said during today's conference.
NASA's 'Grand Challenge' to Use Citizen Science to Deal With Asteroids - ABC News