Github Developers Join Hands For A Historic Mars Mission

Github Developers Join Hands For A Historic Mars Mission

Open Source Triumphs Again: Github Developers Join Hands For A Historic Mars Mission. According to the CEO Ant Friedman, Nearly 12,000 developers on GitHub contributed to Ingenuity’s software via open-source.

“What I love about open-source is that it really allows different people to work together.”

Linus Torvalds, Linux creator

The freezing weather on Mars makes it difficult for flying things around. But, NASA’s JPL team did what they do best. They flew a helicopter named “Ingenuity” on the planet, a feat now considered to be equivalent to Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. Mars’s thin atmosphere—with an atmospheric volume less than 1% of Earth—poses a challenge to flying a helicopter. So, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had to keep Ingenuity light; below four pounds (1.8kg) to be exact. “Every gram was a challenge,”  said Ingenuity Project Head MiMi Aung.

While the 6,000 strong-team of NASA’s JPL engineers made sure that Ingenuity is airtight, a large pool of developers(~12,000)–most of them unknowingly– have joined hands to build the guidance software that tells the helicopter where to go.

Open-source triumphs yet again

Image credits: Github

_ “Nearly 12,000 developers on GitHub contributed to Ingenuity’s software via open source.” _

Nat Friedman, CEO, Github

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