Akamai, Etouch Empower NASA to Manage Surge in Web Traffic Expected from Deep Impact Comet Collision
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced it will be working with eTouch Systems Corp. to deliver content from the U.S. National Aeoronautics and Space Administration Web portal (www.nasa.gov) just in time for the space agency's Deep Impact spacecraft mission, which is set to launch a projectile into the surface of comet Tempel 1 during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
NASA will be Webcasting live a pre-impact briefing at 1 p.m. EDT on July 1 and a pre-impact update at 1 p.m. EDT on July 3. The expected time of impact is 1:52 a.m. EDT July 4. A post-impact briefing will be held at 4 a.m. July 4. A post-impact press conference will follow at 2 p.m. EDT July 4. All briefings and press conferences will be streamed online at www.nasa.gov by Akamai.
Web viewers can visit NASA's Deep Impact viewer by clicking http://deepimpact.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html to see photos from a disc-shaped copper projectile aimed directly into the oncoming path of the comet, blasting a crater through the comet's surface. Scientists will study the debris from the impact for clues about the nature of comets and the early development of the solar system.
eTouch Systems, which provides NASA with its Web content management system, teamed with Akamai to provide a broad suite of content delivery services for the space agency. A robust global platform is required since these types of events such as the Deep Impact mission typically generate high volumes of traffic.
For example, there have been more than 23 billion hits to NASA's Web portal since the twin Mars Rover missions landed on the Red Planet in January of 2004. Since that time, NASA has experienced 200 million visitor sessions viewing more than 2.3 billion pages. The average site visitor spends more than 8 minutes browsing across 14 pages during each visit to the NASA site.
"As the Deep Impact event lights up the darkened skies and fires the imagination of people around the world, down here on Earth we will be working with our partner eTouch to ensure that NASA site visitors can continue to access the graphically-rich content and view the live streamed press conference following the event," said Keith E. Johnson, vice president of public sector, Akamai. "By combining eTouch's elegant content management solution with Akamai's globally distributed, on-demand network, NASA can focus on what it does best - exploring the heavens and inspiring a new generation of space explorers."
"We have found that Akamai's architecture has the robustness to meet the rigorous requirements that organizations like NASA have come to expect," said David Valliere, federal program manager for eTouch. "We are confident that together we can ensure uninterrupted access to NASA's Web portal so that viewers worldwide can see the incredible Deep Impact mission unfold on the Internet."
The Deep Impact comet collision should be visible with the aid of binoculars to millions of people here on Earth in the early morning hours of U.S. Independence Day. Viewers in the United States living west of the Mississippi and in Hawaii, and people in New Zealand will have the best opportunity to witness the event.
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