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NASA awarded its 2003 Software of the Year honors to a satellite data analysis system and a program used on the International Space Station and the space shuttle.

The data analysis system is for the orbiting Sea-viewing Wide Field of View Sensor (SeaWIFS) instrument, which makes data about oceans and climate available on the Internet.

SeaWIFS, a long-term research effort funded by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise initiative, studies the Earth as a global system. More than 500 sites in 50 countries use the SeaWIFS Data Analysis System.

NASA's second honoree is NASGRO, an engineering software design and analysis tool used for the analysis of payloads and the resolution of cracklike anomalies in the space station and space shuttle programs.

NASGRO is an internationally accepted standard code for fracture control analysis that is distributed to virtually every design firm in the world that deals with metallic structures. In addition to NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration supports NASGRO and the development of improved capabilities for damage tolerance analysis of aircraft.

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