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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