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Asteroid Zoo is a citizen science project run by the Zooniverse and Planetary Resources, to use volunteer classifications to find unknown asteroids using old Catalina Sky Survey data.[3] The main goals of the project are to search for undiscovered asteroids in order to protect the planet by locating potentially harmful near-Earth Asteroids, locate targets for future asteroid mining, study the solar system, and study the potential uses and advantages of people looking through the images over computers.[4][5] It was created along with the ARKYD project through Kickstarter, funded with just over 1.5 million dollars.[6]

Asteroid Zoo
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Type of site
Citizen science project
Available inEnglish, Polish
Created byPlanetary Resources; C. Lewicki, M. Beasley, et al.[1]
RegistrationYes, but not mandatory
Launched24 June 2014[2]
Current statuspaused

The AsteroidZoo community has exhausted the data that were available. With all the data examined they paused the experiment.[7] Asteroid Zoo produced several scientific publications.[8]

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  1. ^ "Asteroid Zoo: About". Asteroid Zoo. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Asteroid Zoo!". asteroid zoo. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ Wall, Mike. "Asteroid Zoo Asks Public to Find Dangerous Space Rocks". Purch. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "item from NASA NEWS". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Asteroid Zoo: About".
  6. ^ "ARKYD: A space telescope for everyone". kickstarter. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ Archived Zooniverse Project: Asteroid Zoo
  8. ^ All publications (2017)