"... it’s in the vanguard with GIMP of what could – finally – be shaping up as a credible alternative to Adobe, freeing us from the mental (and growing fiscal) lock that one relatively small company holds over digital creative types."
NASA Released Tons of Free Software to the Public NASA recently published the second annual Software Catalog, a free resource that contains tools used by some of the top scientists in the world. The programs that guide spacecraft into the outer reaches of the solar system and help the Curiosity rover traverse the surface of Mars can be yours at no cost. The tools are divided into 15 categories, including aeronautics. propulsion, and system testing and handling. The release of the software programs is the result of a 2011 White House memo that promoted the positive impact of sharing government agency research with the private sector.
Excerpt: "So for the six hours in the middle of a sunny day, an area the size of a small backyard swimming pool will receive about 288 kilowatts of energy. That’s nearly 10 times what the average US household uses in an entire day!"