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NASA’s Perseverance Rover is powered by the same processor as a 23-year old iMac

Do you remember the old anecdote that Nintendo’s GameBoy had more computing power than the systems NASA used for the Apollo 11 moon landings? We’re in a similar situation with the Perseverance Mars Rover from the sound of things.

While Perseverance may be the most advanced Martian rover ever built, it’s running on the same PowerPC750 processor that powered the 1998 iMac. So your smartphone has more computing power than the robot that just landed on a different planet.

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