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Open-Source Software and Its Role in Space Exploration

“What did the rocket scientist say to the Free/Open Source
Software developer? Let’s do launch! It’s only natural that they’d
want to work together. Both communities are focused on the cutting
edge: creating tools and capabilities that did not previously
exist. Both dedicate their work to expanding humanity’s pool of
information and want that information to float freely through
society.

“I am a software developer currently working on the NASA/JPL MSL
(Mars Science Laboratory) rover, which launches in 2009. These are
personal observations of how I encounter Free/Open Source Software
(FOSS), and what I think about it…”


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