Probe sent to Pluto is powered by the original PlayStations CPU

 New HorizonsEven if you arent a science or space geek, chances are you might have heard or seen the news in which photos of the planet Pluto are being captured as we speak. In fact as it stands, there is a space probe being sent to the planet, but heres an interesting fact: it turns out that the probe that is being sent to Pluto is actually powered by the original PlayStations CPU.

Now you would think that probes and space equipment in general would be powered by the latest and greatest technology, and while thats true to a certain extent, it does make for interesting discussion that the probe being used in 2015 relies on a CPU made for a console released back in 1994, about two decades ago. The CPU itself is the MIPS R3000 CPU which was repurposed by NASA back in 2006.

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So why use such old technology? It turns out that NASA generally prefers to rely on technology that has been tried and tested versus the latest, which makes sense because if something goes wrong in space, its not as if you could easily call in a technician to go out there and fix it, so by using a piece of technology that has proven itself to be reliable, thats one less problem theyll have to deal with.

Source: Ubergizmo

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