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Weekly wrap-up: DARPA's open source project, Valve announces Linux-powered Steam Machine, and more

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Open source news this week: September 23 - 27, 2013


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NASA achieves data goals for Mars rover with open source software

Mars rover

Since the landing of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, on Mars on August 6, 2012 (Universal Earth Time -- evening of August 5, Pacific Time), I have been following the incredible wealth of images that have been flowing back. I am awestruck by the breadth and beauty of the them.  

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See what it's like to be a flight controller for Curiosity

One of the first images of the Martian surface from Curiosity

Been wondering what it's like to be a flight controller in charge of exploring Mars? You can satisfy your Curiosity curiosity by downloading NASA's next-generation mission operations software, Mission Control Technologies. NASA Ames Research Center released the MCT software under an Apache 2.0 license. » Read more

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The future of space exploration is in the public's hands. What can collaboration do?

If 2011 becomes known as the year that our governments lost interest in space, could 2012 be the year that collaboration picks up the pieces?

As of this week, the Allen Telescope Array used by the SETI Institute has gone into "hibernation mode" after losing a significant portion of its funding. "Hibernation means that, starting this week, the equipment is unavailable for normal observations and is being maintained in a safe state by a significantly reduced staff," said SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson. » Read more

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