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NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Less Powerful Than Many Smartphones

If you thought a NASA rover that cost $2.4 billion to build and launch would be more powerful than your old smartphone, you have another thing coming.

NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed successfully on Mars Thursday, is powered by an old chipset that gives it about the same processing power as an iMac from 1998, according to PCMag‘s breakdown. More specifically, it’s packing 256MB of RAM and 2GB of storage, with a 200MHz processor.

For comparison’s sake, that’s substantially less computing power than the original Apple Watch, which packs 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage, with a 520MHz processor.

But don’t be down on NASA — space engineers tend to use extremely time-tested computing components for maximum reliability. After all, if Perseverance runs into trouble, the nearest Apple Store is tens of millions of miles away.

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