NASA scientists have been tracking a massive hurricane on Saturn via the Cassini Satellite. The eye of the hurricane is some 1,250 miles wide, which is 20 times larger than hurricanes on Earth, and 4 times faster. It’s fascinating to know that this video has traveled some 1.2 billion km for us to see and the color-touched images are amazing.
So what does it take to get the images back to Earth? Well, Cassini uses 2 Solid State Recorders (SSR) that total 4 GBs. Yes, just 4 GBs. This data has to be synced to the Deep Space Network (DSN), which can take a while due to communication angles between Cassini and the DSN and technical limits. Even if Cassini’s 4 GBs of storage are full, it may not be able to send all the data on a single pass.
Wouldn’t you love to be the IT who has to make this all happen?
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