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

Chamunks chamunks at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 14:04:32 EST 2019


Changing the world with OpenSource contributions is an incredible thing
congrats! You're now a few degrees of separation less away from Mars itself
at this point.

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 8:07 AM CrankyOldBugger <crankyoldbugger at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Not too shabby, Jason!
>
>
> On Wed, 13 Feb 2019 at 22:11, Jason Eckert <jason.eckert at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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
>> Opportunity.
>> 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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