A Loooooong Distance IM

    Talk about a digital divide.  NASA is making plans to create an "Internet in space" so that space probes can more easily communicate with home base.
    Fascinating.

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  1. This is a great concept and actually, I saw Vinton Cerf talk about it in a Masters of Technology video I just bought to show computer science. It is a great video and he says that a new protocol is needed for space because of the distances that will be traveled.

    He says that TCP/IP is fine for milliseconds but that data leaving earth may take 5-20 minutes to reach even relatively near planets and spacecraft so he is designing a new protocol with that in mind. On the spacecraft and planets, he things TCP/IP is the way to go.

    We had a great discussion about this. I always tell my students “If nobody says it’s dumb, you’re too late and missed it.”

    This is a vital occurence and thank you for blogging about it!

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