NASA Is Letting You Download Its Software For Free

Source: Huffington Post

BY Adriana A. Retif Science and Space Journalist
Adriana Retif is a contributor at The Huffington Post, where she covers Science, Space and other issues related to education and current events.

Software plays a huge part in NASA’s mission and research successes.

03/05/2017 07:52 pm ET | Updated 6 days ago

Turns out you don’t need to hack NASA or work for them in order to use their technology.

ANDREW LEIGH

For the third year, and as part of its Technology Transfer Program, NASA is releasing its annual software catalogue, available to everyone and completely free. A bunch of them are only just being released to the public, so it’s your time to snag it and feel like a badass movie scientist.

Software plays a huge part in NASA’s mission and research successes.

“Software has been a critical component of each of NASA’s mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, more than 30 percent of all reported NASA innovations are software,” said Dan Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive. “We’re pleased to transfer these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways.”

Of course, most of the available downloads are related to topics that are perhaps of no real use for you (unless you’re launching satellites from your rooftops), like rocket science and propulsion, but there’s health monitoring, environmental science software, and data processing tools.

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