The Language Behind the Mars Rover

By Deane Barker on January 16, 2004

Internet language runs real, virtual Mars rover: Spirit runs on Java. I wonder if Beagle was running .Net?

Java, the software developed by Sun Microsystems in the mid-1990s as a universal platform for Internet applications, gave NASA a low-cost and easy-to-use option for running Spirit, the robotic rover that rolled onto the planet’s surface Thursday in search of signs of water and life.