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Photo: Mt. Sharp, Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Landing a vehicle on Mars is pretty impressive. But for IT pros, it only adds to the amazing feat to know that NASA used Amazon Web Services to get to the Red Planet. That’s right: The cloud has gone galactic. As you can read about in this Informationweek article, “AWS and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have now upped the stakes with a project that manages the flow of information from another part of the solar system–Mars.” AWS services allowed NASA to transmit a huge amount of data from the Curiosity rover while it was far from home, excellent news for Earth-bound rocket scientists and laypeople alike. Even those nowhere near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory could see what Curiosity saw. Amazon published a case study on AWS and the Curiosity rover, including six key qualities of AWS that made it the right choice for the mission:

  • Highly Available
  • Scalable
  • Consistent
  • Expressive
  • Flexible
  • Performant

Those elements are what makes AWS an exciting technology, rocket scientist or no.


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