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2.6 million Internet user track Shuttle Mission ! - 8/19/2005 1:39:54 AM   

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Interest in NASA's flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery and STS-114 may have generated one of the largest live Web events in the history of the Internet. Tracking records for show more than 2.6 million visitors tuned into coverage at some point during the highly successful two-week mission.

Internet users simultaneously watched approximately 435,000 webcast streams of NASA Television during the launch and nearly 400,000 during the Shuttle's landing on August 9.

NASA's webcasts nearly quadrupled an agency record set in July during Deep Impact's encounter with Comet Tempel 1. During that mission, NASA sent out 118,000 webcast streams on July 4. In January 2004, the agency transmitted just under 50,000 streams for the Mars Exploration Rover landings.

Public interest wasn’t just limited to streamed media events, During the launch NASA Portal Web traffic reached a new NASA Portal record of 200,000 pages per minute, with landing-related traffic close behind at 150,000 pages per minute. To put this into perspective, the new peak represents an equivalent rate of 9 billion page views per month.

For Discovery's launch, NASA's Return to Flight Web delivery sponsors, Yahoo! and Akamai, were sending data at a rate of more than 45 gigabits per second. During the entire Space Shuttle Discovery mission, 600 terabytes of information that would fill 120,000 DVDs, was delivered to the public.

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