"Coding has been a part of space exploration since its inception and will only continue to play a more crucial role," said Sarah Guthals, Ph.D., a principal program manager for developer relations at Microsoft. "Software is enabling us to explore, discover and learn about our planet and universe safely."
The last few months have been exciting times for space enthusiasts around the globe. Last fall, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft momentarily touched down on asteroid Bennu and collected samples of its surface during a "touch-and-go" millions of miles from Earth. In February, NASA successfully landed its latest rover on Mars and another roving bot is set to join Perseverance on our celestial neighbor later this year.