NASA/JPL's Mars Curiosity Mission

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NASA/JPL's Mars Curiosity Mission
NASA/JPL's Mars Curiosity Mission
NASA/JPL's Mars Curiosity Mission
NASA/JPL's Mars Curiosity Mission
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OVERVIEW
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory wanted to share the launching of Curiosity with fans by providing up-to-the-minute details of the mission. Supporting hundreds of thousands of concurrent visitors to the website would have been very difficult since NASA did not have significant web and live video streaming infrastructure.
NASA is the agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research, with more than 17,000 employees.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used AWS to stream the images and video associated with Curiosity’s landing. Cloud computing enabled NASA to provision capacity rapidly and leverage the AWS cloud to deliver successfully engaging experiences of Mars to the public.

Novel use of Amazon Route 53 and Elastic Load Balancers enabled NASA to balance the load across AWS regions and ensure the availability of its content under all circumstances imaginable.
IT
Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Infrastructure Development Cost Saving - Operating the mars.jpl.nasa.gov website on Amazon Web Services avoided the need to build and manage infrastructure internally.
Accessibility - Cloud solutions enables load balancing across regions to ensure near real-time accessibility.
QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
AWS cloud solutions allowed NASA to construct a robust, scalable web infrastructure in less than 3 weeks instead of months.
TECHNOLOGY

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