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The technology aboard the Mars rover Perseverance: An inside look

When it lands on the surface of Mars after a seventh-month journey, the newest rover will be powered by decades-old computing technology, early-stage machine learning, and a range of newer systems and software.
Rieber with Perseverance rover in High-Bay 1 Spacecraft Assembly Facility (SAF) clean room at JPL.
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Tim Scannell is director of strategic content for the CIO Executive Council (CEC), a global community of IT leaders and influencers whose mission is to advance the profession, provide direction and resources to current leaders, and guide and mentor future IT executives through a range of integrated products and services. He has close to 40 years' experience as a writer, editor and analyst in the computer industry, interacting with IT leaders, technology developers and digital innovators at all levels.

Tim is also a frequent speaker on technology and digital strategy topics. He was one of the first technology columnists for The Boston Globe; founder of Shoreline Research, a consulting and market research and information services company; and a managing director at 2in10, Ltd., a Scotland-based strategic business services and venture management company. Tim was also a member of the core start-up team of SOFTBANK Corp.'s U.S. division, and editorial director of its U.S. operations.