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NASA Partners with Hewlett Packard to Design Supercomputer for Space

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Computers are a large part of life in space these days, equipping astronauts with the tools they need to complete their missions. But unfortunately, the computers we use on land can’t be sent into space, since equipment designed for land degrades quickly in space.

Thanks to a new effort between NASA and Hewlett Packard, space travelers could soon have a supercomputer to take along on their missions. The computer, which will be tested on the International Space Station for one year, is slated to accompany astronauts on Mars missions, assuming testing goes well. NASA predicts a mission to Mars would take approximately one year, leading to a need to test the computer for that period of time before putting it into use.

Currently, the computers used in space have specific purposes, with each machine only handling its designated task. Navigation computers help guide the astronauts on their missions and nothing else, for instance. These computers would be general purpose, freeing up space travelers to handle a multitude of tasks. This would allow astronauts to transmit data while they’re on site, rather than waiting until they return home to download the data so that scientists can begin to work with it.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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