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[VIDEO] NASA Releases a Treasure Trove of Space and Science Programs

NASA/Johnson Space Center via Getty Images

NASA/Johnson Space Center via Getty Images

They’re free and available for anyone to download.

Andrew Tarantola reports: Now you can code like an astronomer. NASA released its software catalog for 2017-2018 on Thursday and it is chock full of cool app, code libraries and utility programs that have been made available to the public, free of charge.

The library covers a broad swath of applications that range from the highly technical Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems File Delivery Protocol, which transfers large files between the NASA ground systems and a spacecraft’s control unit, to the whimsical like the Spacewalk game, which is exactly what it sounds like. There’s everything from autonomous control packages to life-support system programs.

There are also a number of tools that can be applied to Earth-based photography, like JPL’s Stereo Vision Software Suite for calibrating stereoscopic camera setups or the Video Image Stabilization and Registration program. The catalog also has 3D models and textures available. For drone enthusiasts … (read more)


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