NASA Used Tons of Macs & iPads for Mars Curiosity Landing
Any Mac fan watching the Mars Curiosity landing last night probably noticed the abundance of glowing Apple logos on the desks of NASA engineers and scientists. Exactly how all the Macs participated in managing Curiosity from millions of miles away is unknown, but the overwhelming presence of MacBook Pro’s should tell you they played an important enough role to make any Apple fan proud.
The table at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory warroom is nothing but MacBook Pro:
It wasn’t just MacBook Pro’s though, if you looked closely enough you’d have seen an iPad or two thrown in there as well. Here’s a NASA employee typing on one during the media event:
And another MacBook Pro:
Sure, there were PC’s in there too, but who cares? Watching the awe-inspiring event was like a live Mac Setups post on steroids. Every once in a while you’d get a glimpse of a MacBook Pro screen and you could see an array of familiar icons in the Dock including Xcode, Preview, Chrome, Firefox, Aperture, Parallels, and more.
Maybe Apple should focus on that in a new series of ads rather than feature the awkward genius guy? “We help to explore Mars, what amazing thing would you like to do today?”
Pictures from the NASA live stream and Flickr