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NASA: Your smartphone is as smart as the Curiosity rover

Sharon Gaudin | Aug. 10, 2012
While the Mars Curiosity rover is the most complex machine NASA has ever sent to another planet, the computer that runs it is no more powerful than the one in your smartphone.

"It's about the science. That's why we do this," said Kipp. "But the expertise that we've developed on how to build, develop, test and run a mission like this is really a national treasure.... Hopefully we'll have following missions where we can use what we're learning here."


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