No one can deny the importance of NASA’s scientific contributions, where thanks to their research and discoveries we have been able to understand a little more where we are and what is around us, among many other achievements for the human race. For some years NASA has changed its policies, since being a publicly-funded agency, much of what they do must also be available to all citizens.
And so it has been, for example, all their images are in the public domain, and in August last year they published more than 850 investigations so that anyone could access them for free. Today NASA, following this policy, is releasing much of the software they have developed and made it available to (almost) anyone.
NASA Software Catalog
This is the third time NASA publishes software, something that the agency has done since April 2014 and has served for students and companies, as well as for other agencies that have found useful tools and curiosity.
This new software catalog from NASA includes a host of programs for all platforms, including iOS and Android. To be downloaded we must fill out a form where we will give our name and the use that we will give the program, because due to the nature of these tools, some can only be used in the United States, but here it is necessary to emphasize that everything is available for free.
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The programs are divided into 15 categories, where we can find things that will not be very useful, such as software for the launch of spacecraft, to true jewels such as Earth monitoring systems, ship simulators and environments for astronauts in the ISS, as well as a large number of 3D models, images, textures, and atmospheric references for some bodies of the solar system.
Also, we will find software that will provide us with reports of the meteorological activity of our planet, with coronal mass ejections and masses and changes in the magnetosphere. In general, these are tools that will serve for educational and research tasks, where the best thing is that we will not have to pay a penny for them.