[kwlug-disc] A feel-good story about the power of open source

Jason Eckert jason.eckert at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 22:11:39 EST 2019

Two decades ago, a piece of open source software I wrote for a Canadian HPC
project (involving SHARCNET) caught the attention of someone working for
NASA JPL, and after a few emails and a call regarding our experience
applying it, a modified version of it was used in a small way to help the
Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission involving the rovers Spirit and
With today's announcement that the MER mission is officially over, it's
nice to know that a piece of open source software I wrote made it easier
for NASA JPL, even if it was in a small way - it made me smile over coffee
this morning!
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