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May 1 2013   2:34PM GMT

YouTube IT video of the week: Saturn Hurricane

Chris Leonard Chris Leonard Profile: Chris Leonard

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?

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.

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