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NASA offers Mars24 \"sunclock\" app for Mac OS X

updated 02:00 am EST, Mon January 12, 2004

NASA Mars24 \"sunclock\"

NASA's that "purports to be derived from the application used in mission control. It's the only app I know that depends on the new Java3D frameworks, and may be the reason why they were released by Apple." [updated with Maestro info]

Meanwhile readers note that the Mars Rover uses a variation of PowerPC chips: "The computer in each Mars Exploration Rover runs with a 32-bit Rad 6000 microprocessor, a radiation-hardened version of the PowerPC chip used in some models of Macintosh computers, operating at a speed of 20 million instructions per second."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    20 million/sec

    That's 20MHz :)

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    martian CPU hog ?

    I tried Mars24 a few days ago and found (according to top) that it was using 60% of CPU.

    Michael

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    Nope

    20 MIPS != 20 MHz

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    CPU Hog!

    You're not kidding! On my dual 2 GHz G5, Mars24 uses 30% of the CPUs! Not a program to leave on in the background!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    True...but

    20MIPS != 20MHz. That's true. Nevertheless, the processor does run at 20MHz. Writing it out as 20 millions instructions per second is just NASA's way of talking to the layman.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Mars24 is a Java app

    just goes to show you. *shrug*

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    I like it...

    It would be cool if you could make it your desktop....but its still cool. ^.^

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    yes

    yeah...20 MHZ, but thats what they are looking for probably, they don't want to waste clock cycles, and thus save battery life with this slow speed.

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