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First Tweet-a-Program Code Challenge: Space Week

October 7, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team

In honor of World Space Week and this year’s theme of satellite navigation, “Space: Guiding Your Way,” we’re issuing a Tweet-a-Program Code Challenge focused on anything to do with space and getting there. You tweet us your “space-iest” line(s) of Wolfram Language code, and then we’ll use the Wolfram Language to randomly select three winning tweets (plus a few favorites) to shower with retweets, pin or post to our wall, and receive a free Wolfram T-shirt!

Any space-themed submissions tweeted to us @wolframtap all day Thursday and Friday (12am PDT Thursday, October 9 through 11:59pm PDT Friday, October 10) will be eligible to win. To not waste needed code space, no hashtag is required with your original submission, but we encourage you to share your results by retweeting them with hashtag #wsw2014 and #tapspaceweek.

In addition to satellite path tracking and real-time analysis, the Wolfram Language gives you access to all sorts of entities, formulas, and other functionality for astronomical computation and coding—from supernovas, comets, and constellations to the Sun, deep space, and other galaxies.

Maybe you want to remix the planets and their colors, as Stephen Wolfram did in one of his first Tweet-a-Program tweets:

Randomizing planet colors

Or create a 3D mesh visualization of the space shuttle, like @Porco_Mozo:

@Porco_Mozo

Wonder what it looks like to map Mars (or other celestial bodies) in the Bonne projection?

GeoGraphics[GeoModel->=[Mars],GeoProjection->"Bonne"]

Or generate an icon of the current Moon phase?

MoonPhase["Icon"]

Tweet us and see! Regardless of whether you’ve got a meteoric idea or more nebulous intentions, this is truly a stellar opportunity to show off your coding skills.

We can’t wait to see what you create—we’re sure it will be outta this world!

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