To meet the White House mandate to set the data free, The Open Innovation team @ NASA enables users, access to data in a format that is useful. In doing so, they hope to spark your creative juices and equip you with tools to innovate your world – whether local, global, or interstellar – leveraging NASA’s digital assets. There are some open source projects from NASA that you can clone, fork, modify, break, and improve the code that they have released thus far. NASA haven’t yet figured out the proper methods to take user contributions to their code, however in future they will provide information on how to do so. If you are a developer it is definitelty worth your time to look into code that folks @ NASA churn up.

NASA Open Source Software

“Truth can only be found in one place: the code.”
-Robert C. Martin