NASA's brand new Mars rover is powered by Apple's iMac chip from 1998

NASA's brand new Mars rover has touched down on Mars, and now we are finding out it's powered by an Apple chip from 1998.

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Published Fri, Mar 5 2021 2:36 AM CST   |   Updated Wed, Apr 7 2021 8:29 AM CDT

A new article has revealed quite an interesting fact about NASA's brand new Mars rover that recently touched down on the Red Planet.

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In a new article published in NewScientist, we get a deeper understanding of all of the new interesting instruments and components found on the new Perseverance rover. One of the most astonishing facts about Perseverance is that it's using the same kind of chip that Apple used to power the first iMac, but the chips aren't necessarily identical.

Perseverance is equipped with the RAD750, which is a chip that is based on the PowerPC 750 processor from 1998 that is found in Apple's first iMac. The difference between the PowerPC 750 processor and the RAD750 is that the RAD750 is a radiation-hardened processor designed to withstand high-radiation environments such as onboard satellites spacecrafts. RAD750 is designed to withstand up to 1,000,000 Rads, and costs over $200,000. Sometimes it's not all about speed but longevity.

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