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Space shuttle Endeavour this morning complete its leisurely 3.4-mile journey from Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A, ahead of its scheduled STS-134 mission launch on 19 April. The Endeavour crew. Pic: NASA NASA has provided the traditional cheery photo of the Endeavour crew, which shows …

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> NASA enthuses that the spectrometer will run "24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year"

so that will be one day of downtime in the next 366 days then?

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>>capturing data at a rate "equivalent to filling a 1 Gigabyte USB memory stick every second!"

Or filling a 120GB WD Raptor every 2 mins?

Or filing a 64GB ipod every 1:04 minutes?

Or filling a 250GB Hard Drive in the time it takes to microwave last nights pizza?

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Or maybe, just maybe

What the hell is wrong with 1 Gigabyte per second?

it's like saying that a car was travelling at a speed equivalent to a cycling 100 miles in an hour

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because as any fule no...

usb sticks labelled 1GB are too small to hold 1GB of data.

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A side note...

Cmdr. Kelly is the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who took a bullet through the brain fired by Jared Loughner in a failed assassination attempt that took 6 lives and injured another 13 on Jan. 8.

Giffords is making a remarkable recovery and is expected to be present for the launch of Endeavour.

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Pint

Good news indeed

I will drink to that!

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What are they doing with all that data?

They haven't got an 8gbit/sec downlink, have they?

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Of course they have

Fibre Channel - just a *really* long fibre...

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"To the CLOUD!!!"

Pressurised coat please :-D

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To the «Oort» cloud!

... to be sure

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all those usb sticks

I think the plan is to fill soyuz capsules with 1 GB USB sticks, why else would they use that metric?

I wonder what kind of bandwidth the s-band antennas going up in the same shipment get?

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@ just a *really* long fibre...

Cool - support it with a carbon monofilament/Buckminsterfullerene strap, push ISS out to geostationary orbit using the ion drive and install the space elevator - no need for shuttles to resupply, which is a good job because that's a tad further than they could reach even if they weren't retiring.

Next: NASA to replace Space Shuttle with ACC's Space Elevator. Just have to wait until Kalidasa's Temple** is connected up by BT Infinity.**

** Timescale? Well, the Temple is in a very rural area, with not many people around to upvote the local exchange, and consequently the clue is in the product name...

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Pint

AMS is a pretty amazing project...

...that started pretty long time ago, in the mid-90s. They had flown the first prototype AMS-01 onboard STS-91 (the very Discovery just retired two days ago) in 1998 if I remember the date correctly from my friend and fellow Hungarian, Sandor Blasko, who was a developer on the power supply side of things (control application, reporting software/client etc). Though I haven't heard of him for years now ("ping Sanyi -t") I'm following the news about AMS ever since he spent almost a year down in KSC in Florida in 1998 (I'm sure he's still working on this project); FWIW just found out his old photos are still online: http://mrc.mht.bme.hu/hg5crs/KSC/ and http://mrc.mht.bme.hu/hg5crs/JSC/

Beer because it's good times...

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Re: What are they doing with all that data?

They didn't say they were storing it all, just that they were capturing it at 1GB/s - I'm guessing 90% or more of it will be junk and thrown away as soon as it is captured.

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DNA

Having just read elsewhere that a sperm stores the equivalent of 37.5MB of data in its DNA, which comes to about 1.5TB of data per ejaculation. So that's about 21000 data bursts per year.

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