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For the Space Shuttle’s Return to Flight, NASA has signed partnership agreements with Akamai and Yahoo to provide webcasting of NASA Television well beyond the agency’s normal capacity.

UPDATE: The Discovery shuttle has been scrubbed. A press conference is scheduled for later in the afternoon, but a NASA Webcast said the cancellation was due to malfunctioning fuel tank sensors.

Mission: International Space Station Flight LF1

Yahoo! will provide live streaming of NASA TV mission coverage in Windows Media format and will be the only other official online host of NASA TV footage beyond the NASA website.Akamai, of Cambridge, Mass., will stream NASA TV for RealPlayer and deliver all other Web content during the mission.

With a 12-day mission that includes three spacewalks, NASA expects to deliver more data to users than it has for anything but the Mars Exploration Rovers. Their Virtual Launch Control Center has Live Launch Countdown Coverage.

NASA TV is also available on AMC 6, Transponder 17C. Analog NASA TV is no longer available on satellite AMC 6, Transponder 9. Analog NASA TV will remain on AMC 7, Transponder 18C through NASA’s Return to Flight mission.

Discovery is named for two famous sailing ships; one sailed by Henry Hudson in 1610-11 to search for a northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the other by James Cook on a voyage during which he “discovered” the Hawaiian Islands.

NASA is using Nortel mesh networking to provide wireless access for journalists.

Over the past decade, astronomers have discovered more than 130 extrasolar planets. The first rocky planet orbiting a normal star not much different from our Sun has been found. “This is the smallest extrasolar planet yet detected and the first of a new class of rocky terrestrial planets,” said team member Paul Butler.

Michael Turner, head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation said, “Today’s results are an important step toward answering one of the most profound questions that mankind can ask: Are we alone in the universe?”

God Knows (39:00).



More information is available at, SpaceNews, Florida Today, Spaceflight Now, World SpaceFlight News, MSN Space, Space Today, Jonathan’s Space Report, Space and Missile Times, Yahoo Space News, Yahoo Full Covergage and Google News.


Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 at 2:28 am .

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