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Check out all this free software that NASA just made public


The National Space Research Organization has released a slew of brand new software, code libraries and other similarly geeky stuff. The software comes from NASA’s 2017-2018 software catalog and will likely interest people and offer insights as to how the world’s foremost space research organization does what it does.

The catalog is home to quite a lot of interesting stuff including tools for getting large files to and from satellites, programs that automatically recognize building and other important landmarks, software to visualize fluid dynamics problems for when your drone isn’t working and so on.

In fact, if you were thinking about launching a private organization like SpaceX, all these files could give you a bit of a head-start.Of course, you would still need a few hundred million dollars, a lot of engineering talent, yet other software ( not everything is included here after all) to get to the point where you start launching rockets of your own.

Also included are Global Reference Atmospheric Models for Earth, Mars, Venus and Neptune and Titan. These models can allow you to know the pressure and temperature conditions almost everywhere. Now they won’t be useful if you want to decide between what to wear, but if you are going off the earth and on one of the others, they could prove to be invaluable.

You can also download the Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading Tool, that allows you to  quickly sift through all the data coming from NASA satellites and access images soon after they are actually taken by the satellites. So not quite real-time, but still close enough.

Interestingly, NASA has also made its HR tools available. So, you could literally put the next candidate that comes to your office through his paces by setting him up with an Integrated Cognitive test put up by NASA. The  Integrated Cognitive Assessment Tool: Combining Person, System, and Mission yields quantified measurements of a person’s cognitive ability to perform a specific job in space.

There is a lot more. We couldn’t really touch upon everything but, there is more. So, if you are interested, simply go over to NASA’s 2017-2018 software catalog and pick your poison. Have fun!