Now that Curiosity is on the red planet, Amazon Web Services will process pictures taken by the new inhabitant, making them available to NASA researchers and the public.
The news media has been abuzz over NASA’s recent achievement. The big risk, big reward operation costing 2.5 billion dollars, which included safely landing a mini cooper-sized robot on Mars, paid off.
A software architecture developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that seeks out distributed data and computing resources has been selected as a top project for support by the Apache Software Foundation.
Last week it was announced that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) would be making use of Amazon’s cloud to handle the massive influx of data from the extended Mars rover missions–data that had outgrown its home in the initial systems the agency dedicated. This marks a critical stage in testing the cloud for government agency research missions, and opens the door to future use of its own Nebula cloud, which is still being evaluated.