NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Mission Control Uses Macs

Monday, August 6, 2012
By OP Editor

Surely Macs are only used by artists and not useful for serious work.

NASA Curiosity Rover mission control Macs

There’s no NASA iPod on this Mars mission by Curiosity Rover, but the live video of NASA shows a number of Apple computers (mostly MacBook Pro). Noted by:

The mission to land Curiosity Rover on Mars is a success. Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5, PDT, (1:32 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). Here’s the first tiny thumbnail sized image sent the rover:

Curiosity Rover first Mars photo

And Curiosity Rover’s first half size hazard camera image of Mars, 512×512:

Curiosity Rover first Mars photo - high resolution

These images were taken by the black and white hazard camera, which are used for navigation. High quality color camera (which can produce HD panorama images of Mars) will be deployed in a few days.

Here’s a 5 minute NASA video explaining the challenges for the latest Mars landing, “Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror”:

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One Response to “NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Mission Control Uses Macs”

  1. Don

    I stayed up all night to watch this. It was fantastic and seeing all those Macs helped to make it all the more worthwhile watching.

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