The “galactic impact” winner of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge crowd sources micro-climate data, using volunteers and low-cost sensors, to give a much richer portrait of weather patterns across a city.

The NASA Greener Cities Project, produced by a team of developers from Gothenburg, Sweden, has the greatest “potential to significantly improve life on earth or in the universe,” the Space Apps challenge organizers said in a blog post Wednesday.

Other winners of NASA’s second space apps challenge held April 20 and 21 include:

  • Popeye on Mars, a greenhouse capable of surviving Martian weather conditions that harvests not just spinach to eat but the oxygen that spinach produces.
  • ISS Base Station, a mechanical arm that points to the current location of the International Space Station and iOS software that shows the station on a map.
  • Sol, an app that offers the daily weather report from Mars.

All the apps were built with open data provided by NASA. The next level of engineering

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