NASA control room packed with Apple Macs during Mars Curiosity rover landing

“Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words, like those that appeared over NASA’s live feed showing a control room riddled with Macs and other Apple products during the historical landing of the Curiosity rover on planet Mars last night,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.

“The photos, captured from the live stream by Reddit users (via TMO), show nearly a dozen Macs — in addition to iPhones and even iPads — in use by the space agency’s Entry, Descent and Landing Operations (EDL Ops) team at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California Sunday evening,” Lane reports.

Lane reports, “NASA engineers can be seen fixated on their MacBook Pro screens and incoming data as the $2.6 billion Curiosity made a dramatic arrival on the Martian planet during what NASA scientists have dubbed ‘seven minutes of terror.'”

Apple Mac dominate Jet Propulsion Laboratory control room in Pasadena, California
Apple Mac dominate Jet Propulsion Laboratory control room in Pasadena, California

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  1. So are all those fanboys sitting in mission-control getting any “real work” done or are they just fiddling around with eye candy on their macbook pros?

    1. Would you be dicking around when there are cameras all around you recording everything and transmitting/streaming to millions watching live around the world?

  2. Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words

    Yeah well, I watched the entire press conference live after the landing. I suspect there’s an unedited copy up on YouTube. If you look at the screen at the front of the room during the long period of self-congratulations, you’ll see some industrious dweeb tossing the WINDOWS logo on top of the screen images. It’s not a screensaver. It’s entirely deliberate.

    As I watched I wondered whether the guy was paid or just thoroughly deranged. Memories of bad times at NASA, when Macs were VERBOTEN, came flooding to mind. Isn’t it wonderful how, even during the most marvelous of technological accomplishments, there’s always some dope with a lunatic agenda. Yeah right. Windows got the USA to Mars. I’ll bet.

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