Over the past 50 years or so, there’s been a strange number of things that have been sent into space. Among these items are a Lego mini-figurines of Galileo and the Roman deities Jupiter and Juno, a black and white diagram of human sex organs, a piece of music composed by Blur and even 100,000 Craigslist advertisements.

Blimey, even pizza paid nearly £750,000 to deliver a pizza to astronaut Yuri Usachov.

So it’s no surprise that Panasonic wanted to send one of their insanely strong Toughbooks up there. You can see in the video above the adventures the two items took.

On day one, Panasonic decided to send the Panasonic FZ-N1, their ultra tough smartphone which runs Android 5.1.1. The phone also sports a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Quad-core processor as well as 2GB RAM.

The second day was the Panasonic Toughpad which runs on Windows 10 Pro. Inside you will find an Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel’s tablet processor line as well as a high-definition 1080p screen and a 14 hour battery life.

Each item, as explained in the video required a proper specially built housing, so the cameras filming the event and the tablet didn’t break under the lack of pressure or temperature of space.

You can see the Panasonic smartphone and Toughpad in action in the video below. I don’t know about you, but this is impressive to say the least. And yes, I know computers have been in space since the Columbia launched from NASA in 1981, but wow, tablets in space! It’s a wonder they didn’t float away!

 

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