The role of the Mac at NASA and JPL is shown off by Mars Curiosity mission

So we’ve all seen the Curiosity rover landing and the celebrations in the control room shortly after. Some might have also noticed an abundance of MacBooks in the pictures. But what exactly do NASA do with so many MacBooks, and why use them in such a critical environment? TUAW investigates.

“He feels the population of Macs grew when the company started making solid notebooks, like the first MacBook Pro. “People started bringing their own into work, and pretty soon a lot of other people followed. Soon they became almost standard issue at JPL, where they were popular in imaging work, especially creating large mosaics, and when OS X came out there was the added advantage of an OS that was UNIX based” … The scientists and engineers can request whatever platform they desire, and they mostly pick Macs. And it isn’t specifically for stuff that runs in X11 either; they use their Macs for everything and emulate when they need to use a Windows app.”

The role of the Mac at NASA and JPL is shown off by Mars Curiosity mission

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