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August 04, 2005

NASA TV Blockbuster

NASA's Internet services manager, Brian Dunbar, reported that 433,000 people clicked their computers to NASA TV online to watch the launch of Discovery on July 26. This is four times more than the record set by Deep Impact. "We were pretty blown away," Dunbar told the Houston Chronicle in a story by Eric Berger today. About 20 percent of the traffic was from international viewers, no doubt many of them proudly watching Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

No one can criticize NASA's performance on this task: their website pumped out 50 gigabits per second and did not crash. Gray Hall, CEO of VeriCenter responsible for the streaming video said, "Their Web site has not been down on our watch."

The public interest was well served by this government-commercial venture, and bodes well for NASA's future outreach to industry to support the Vision for Space Exploration. The members of National Space Society applaud NASA and VeriCenter for their fine work in providing a blockbuster of a show.

Marianne Dyson
NSS director

Posted by m_dyson at August 4, 2005 02:15 PM


I missed the live launch, but caught it on replay -- after the scrub, I thought the rescheduled launch was also slated for afternoon. It wasn't.

However, I've had real estate on my monitor dedicated to a NASA TV window ever since, and I've been learning a lot... that's saying something, since I was as much of a space geek as you could ever get, outside of the astronaut corps, for most of my formative years and, only slightly less so, as an adult.

Godspeed, Discovery!

Posted by: Shannon at August 6, 2005 06:47 PM



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