The IT manager has told you to update the software in your branch servers on the other side of the country. Tough job, right? It might take a couple of hours. Well, think of the engineers at NASA who have to upgrade the software in the Curiosity rover on Mars.
As for what’s doing on the red planet, check out these astonishing high-res images from CNET. By the way, they were taken with Curiosity’s 2 megapixel camera. How much? Well, aside from the fact that the specs for the camera had to be set in 2004, the fact is NASA didn’t want a bigger sensor. In this interview for Digital Phototography Review NASA’s Mike Ravine explains the ability of the camera to shoot multi-shot images makes up for the low resolution. And the system just doesn’t have the bandwidth. Just like here on Earth.
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com
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