"From the 'Best Tech Isn't Necessarily in Area 51' files:
"With Billions of dollars and massive technology needs that are
literally out-of-this-world, NASA has a lot of unique computing
requirements. As it turns out, some of those requirements can be
fulfilled by technology that isn't all that different from what
regular enterprises need too.
"In order to save the data from distant spacecraft, satellites
and other scientific endeavors, NASA is leveraging open source tech
(including Ubuntu Linux) and regular enterprise networking
components to meet their mission."