Rover Curiosity Streams Live from Planet Mars with Adobe Media Server and AWS


Even though based on Star Trek, warp drive to enable inter­plan­e­tary explo­ration won’t be invented until 2063, mankind is slowly con­tin­u­ing to explore at least its nearby plan­e­tary sys­tem, thanks to the smart engi­neers at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory (JPL).

The his­toric land­ing of Mars rover Curios­ity attracted a sig­nif­i­cant audi­ence, which JPL streamed to hun­dred thou­sands of con­cur­rent view­ers with Adobe Media Server and Ama­zon Web Ser­vices (AWS).

NASA/JPL’s live video stream­ing archi­tec­ture was devel­oped on a com­bi­na­tion of Adobe Flash Media Server, Ama­zon Elas­tic Com­pute Cloud (Ama­zon EC2) instances run­ning the pop­u­lar nginx caching tier, Elas­tic Load Bal­anc­ing, Ama­zon Route 53 for DNS man­age­ment, and Ama­zon Cloud­Front for con­tent deliv­ery. [via Ama­zon Case Study]

Below is the impres­sive archi­tec­ture from Amazon’s Case Study (which also unveils that Rover Curios­ity is actu­ally not run­ning an Adobe Media Server origin, but Ama­zon ingests Nasa TV’s feed on earth).


It’s a great show­case how tech­nol­ogy in space and on earth can work together to let human­ity par­tic­i­pate in a his­toric moment.

Learn more about Adobe Media ServerAdobe Media Server 5 on Ama­zon Web Ser­vices, and the Ama­zon Case Study. Watch the live stream on NASA TV.

And if you are actu­ally inter­ested in Mars, don’t miss this 360 panorama of Mars.

This is the lat­est panorama released by NASA July 2012. It was assem­bled from 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while Oppor­tu­nity was sta­tioned on an out­crop infor­mally named ‘Gree­ley Haven’. on a seg­ment of the rim of ancient Endeav­our Crater. [via]


Sim­ply amaz­ing.

(Fea­tured image and panorama credit NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Jens Loeffler

About Jens Loeffler

Jens Loeffler is a senior technical evangelist on Adobe's Media Solutions product management team focusing on online video and services. Equipped with a media computer science degree, Jens started his career in the agency world and has been living and breathing online video and mobile for the last decade. Currently Jens provides thought leadership as a public speaker and panelist at numerous industry events, and maintains a well-recognized blog covering industry trends. When he isn't working on secret projects at Adobe, Jens compensates with long runs, hikes and walks with his furry companion, and is an excellent guide to judge the authenticity of German cuisine in NYC.

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  1. Anthony says:

    Oh man, we need to go to Mars. Hope­fully in my life­time.

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