In the recent edition of Military Embedded Systems, Larry Lapides of Imperas, gives insights into work at JPL in the 70s and was there when the Viking landed on Mars. He writes about semiconductors, design teams, software releases, and simulation... and of course safety, securityand extra-functional features...
Shot of the Viking Lander. Courtesy NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive.
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