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NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide

01 August 2017

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Hundreds of scientists worldwide currently use an online application that accesses at least one terabyte of data to calculate everything from the spectrum of an exoplanet and the weather on Mars to the chemical makeup and orbit of a celestial object. It's now expected to get even better.

A team of NASA scientists plan at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is further enhancing the Planetary Spectrum Generator, or PSG, which has attracted hundreds of expert and non-expert users worldwide, mainly through word-of-mouth advertising, since going online just a year ago.

Top on the team's list is incorporating additional databases that catalogue detector characteristics of current and future ground- and space-based instruments, said Principal Investigator Geronimo Villanueva, a Goddard planetary scientist who is leading the effort.

Source: NASA

Image credit: NASA/W. Hrybyk - An online application created by Geronimo Villaneuva that accesses at least one terabyte of data to calculate everything from the spectrum of an exoplanet and the weather on Mars to the chemical makeup and orbit of a celestial object.

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