World Cup of rocket science

By Anna Carrera

Published 06/18 2014 04:19PM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:16PM

URBANA -- You may have seen some of the World Cup Games this week. We found some people competing in the World Cup of Rocket Science.

People from 44 teams around the world spent the past month trying to solve a nearly-impossible challenge which involved getting a mother-ship into orbit in the Asteroid Belt and sending three probes out to explore.

It's called GTOC, which stands for Global Trajectory Optimization Competition. Even though this was hypothetical, researchers say it's a good excuse to try new things.

This team had members from the University of Illinois as well as NASA's Goodard Space Flight Center. They visited 25 asteroids in the simulation. The winner will be announced in a few months. Whoever wins will get to make up the scenario for the next contest.

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