Rover Curiosity Streams Live from Planet Mars

Rover Curiosity Streams Live from Planet Mars

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The historic landing of Mars rover Curiosity, which JPL streamed to hundred

thousands of concurrent viewers, was enabled by Adobe Media Server and

Amazon Web Services (AWS) developed on a combination of Adobe Flash Media

Server, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running the

popular nginx caching tier, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53 for DNS

management, and Amazon CloudFront for content delivery.


														               
							 	 						

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Based on Star Trek, warp drive to enable interplanetary exploration won’t be invented until 2063 but that is not barring mankind to explore its nearby planetary system. All credit goes to the smart engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The historic landing of Mars rover Curiosity attracted a significant audience, which JPL streamed to hundred thousands of concurrent viewers with Adobe Media Server and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

NASA/JPL’s live video streaming architecture was developed on a combination of Adobe Flash Media Server, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running the popular nginx caching tier, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53 for DNS management, and Amazon CloudFront for content delivery.

Jens Loeffler in this article discusses the impressive architecture from Amazon’s Case Study (which also unveils that Rover Curiosity is actually not running an Adobe Media Server origin, but Amazon ingests Nasa TV’s feed on earth). It’s a great showcase how technology in space and on earth can work together to let humanity participate in a historic moment.

You can also learn more about Adobe Media Server, Adobe Media Server 5 on Amazon Web Services and the Amazon Case Study. Also watch the live stream on NASA TV. One thing you wouldn’t want to miss is the 360 panorama of Mars. This is the latest panorama released by NASA July 2012. It was assembled from 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop informally named ‘Greeley Haven’. on a segment of the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater.

To view this amazing video and to learn more about the above mentioned topic click here.

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Amrit Singh
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