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NASA Brings Mars to Earth with Telerik DevCraft

NASA has been exploring the Moon and Mars for years, collecting a giant archive of raw data in the process. To make this data more approachable and usable for scientists, NASA turned to Telerik DevCraft to modernize its web application.

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Challenge

NASA has a massive archive of data collected from the Curiosity’s daily missions, but even for experienced scientists, identifying key results and searching through the information was a challenge.

Solution

Progress Telerik provided NASA's Planetary Data System team with all the tools required to improve the application's front end, enabling the space agency to open the data to new audiences.

Result

The PDS team has significantly improved productivity with Progress Telerik, which means developers can spend more time on the user experience and incoming user requests.

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Story in Detail

Challenge

In effort to facilitate scientific research, NASA created The Analyst’s Notebook—a web application that gives users the ability to view day-by-day data from Mars and lunar lander missions in great detail.

Ahead of the 2012 landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, the engineers at NASA’s Planetary Data System at Washington University decided to rethink how they organized and archived data collected from these missions. They wanted to go beyond simply providing the scientific community with the “what” and “where” and give them the “how” and “why” with additional insight and context.

On top of that, since the original web application was launched, expectations for a modern user experience have changed dramatically. With brands like Amazon and Apple redefining the modern user experience, the PDS team felt they needed to refresh The Analyst’s Notebook to meet the expectations of today’s users.

However, with limited resources, delivering on new application features while also modernizing the user interface presented a daunting task.

Solution

In effort to facilitate scientific research, NASA created The Analyst’s Notebook—a web application that gives users the ability to view day-by-day data from Mars and lunar lander missions in great detail.

Ahead of the 2012 landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, the engineers at NASA’s Planetary Data System at Washington University decided to rethink how they organized and archived data collected from these missions. They wanted to go beyond simply providing the scientific community with the “what” and “where” and give them the “how” and “why” with additional insight and context.

On top of that, since the original web application was launched, expectations for a modern user experience have changed dramatically. With brands like Amazon and Apple redefining the modern user experience, the PDS team felt they needed to refresh The Analyst’s Notebook to meet the expectations of today’s users.

However, with limited resources, delivering on new application features while also modernizing the user interface presented a daunting task.

Results

The PDS team saw the benefits of implementing DevCraft Ultimate almost immediately. From the development of new content to the implementation of new features, the agency was better equipped to maintain The Analyst’s Notebook and provide a more compelling end user experience.

“To say that using DevCraft Ultimate slashed our development time is an understatement,” Stein said. “Not only did the competing tools lack so many of the functions and features that we have come to rely on in DevCraft Ultimate, they were not robust enough to support us even with the tools they did offer.”

DevCraft Ultimate enables the PDS team to do more with less. Budget limitations ruled out hiring additional developers, but DevCraft Ultimate gives the NASA PDS team the ability to work more efficiently and turn out the same amount of work without the extra manpower. Whether it’s an interplanetary mission or a web project, adaptability is key to successfully completing any task. With DevCraft Ultimate, the PDS team is better equipped to deal with new obstacles as they arise, resulting in a web app that’s continuously improving.
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