#4. KDE for Scientists

Last edited on 2023-03-10 Tagged under  #space 

Here are this week's 3 links worth exploring:

  1. KDE for Scientists highlights the popular Linux desktop and a range of KDE applications useful for scientific projects. The KStars astronomy software package looks particularly interesting: https://kde.org/for/scientists/

  2. At the recent FOSDEM 23, a keynote presentation made by NASA science data officer Dr. Steve Crawford about the space agency's use of open source software and the open data generated by its missions. Recent triumphs such as the flight of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars and processing images returned from the James Webb Space Telescope are just a small sample of the contributions made between NASA and the open source community: https://fosdem.org/2023/schedule/event/nasa/

  3. Apollo astronauts used the DSKY (DiSplay/KeYboard), pronounced "diskey", as the primary interface between themselves and the AGC both in the Command and Lunar Modules (similar hardware, different software). This is a fun video of a homemade DSKY using Raspberry Pi + Arduino, with a link to instructions to DIY on GitHub: https://youtu.be/K3vpXXmtojw

Quote of the Week: "Yes, space will challenge us, have no doubt, but this is the challenge humanity needs to cure us of our propensity for bullshit - because space is where bullshit goes to die. Out there only facts and competence keep you alive. Superstition, uneducated guesses, and comforting lies are what must go extinct. Not us." — Daniel Suarez, Critical Mass


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