SGI and Mars

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The two Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, send pictures across 106 million miles of space to computers here on earth build by Silicon Graphics.

NASA was SGI's first customer when the company first opened and has worked on nearly every NASA mission since then.

"The Mars Rover Project is really an exciting one for us," says Rick Chapek, a vice president for SGI. "So many of our machines are used in science manufacturing, homeland security and things like that. The general public doesn't really get to experience how SGI in the Chippewa Valley contributes to those efforts."

Nasa Drivers rely on the pictures to safely navigate the rovers around the martian terrain, but are also available to public viewing.

Check out the NASA website for more information on the Mars Rovers: