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NASA releases massive trove of software for FREE

Would you like to launch the rocket that will take humans to Mars one day? You'll need to build it, but the software is free. (Source: NASA) Would you like to launch the rocket that will take humans to Mars one day? You'll need to build it, but the software is free. (Source: NASA)

(RNN) - NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, and it's full of cool stuff totally for free that could be useful even if you aren't mounting a mission to Mars.

The software catalog is NASA's way of supporting the innovation economy by granting entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry access to tools used by today's top aerospace engineers, the agency said in a news release. 

TechCrunch.com provided a few suggestions that might be useful to more-or-less normal people.

If you're only a nominal geek grab Station Spacewalk Game. Explore the ISS, then float around outside and fix stuff before your oxygen runs out and you, you know, die.

It will direct you to an app on iTunes that simulates driving a rover on the moon, and another that lets you virtually join in on a test of an actual new NASA spacecraft. While they're doing it. No kidding.

Here's one that allows reliable transfer of huge data blocks to and from spacecrafts. Do you own your own airport? Do you just have some really big files you'd like to put somewhere else and maintain their integrity? This is what you need.

And if you have enormous files taking up all the room on your server, consider Lossless Hyper/Multi-spectral Date Compression Software. They'll be small in no time.

Here you can set up stereoscopic cameras. And Video Images Stabilization and Registration  steadies video images that are distorted by your video camera being tossed around by turbulence. 

Remember that cool drone formation behind Lady Gaga at the start of the Super Bowl halftime show? If you want to do one yourself, you'll need a few hundred drones a ton of LED lights and this.

You know that function on your smartphone that lets you see what the weather is doing in any city on planet Earth? This one lets you know the exact pressures and temperatures if you're heading to Mars, Venus, Neptune and Titan. And also Earth, for that matter. 

If you'd like to navigate the enormous amount of Earth imagery being poured down from NASA satellites around the clock, every single day, get the Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading Tool.  You'll get the latest shots as early as four hours after they're taken.

If you have read this far, by all means, check out the whole amazing story on TechCrunch.com. It's geek-tastic.

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