July 30, 2008

NASA Announces Software of the Year Awards

The U.S. space agency says scientists from the Ames Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are co-winners of its 2007 Software of the Year award.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration award went to a computer program used to define safety margins for spacecraft re-entries and to a program that helps detect planets outside our solar system.

Software engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., developed the Data-Parallel Line Relaxation software, which is used to analyze and predict the extreme environments human and robotic spacecraft experience during high-speed entries into planetary atmospheres.

At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., software engineers developed the Adaptive Modified Gerchberg-Saxton Phase Retrieval program. That software uses innovative and robust algorithms to characterize and correct errors that limit a telescope's science camera imaging performance.

A NASA Software Advisory Panel reviews entries and recommends winners. The entries are nominated for developing innovative technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery.