How NASA is harnessing big data from Mars missions to satellites

How NASA is harnessing big data from Mars missions to satellites

Summary: NASA's Nicholas Skytland explains how NASA had to build its own big data capabilities and how it's dealing with the enormous data sets from space missions.

TOPICS: Big Data, TechLines

As a pioneer in big data, NASA had to build its own solutions. It's been doing big data for long before it was called "big data." Since it's now planning missions that will produce 24 terabytes of data per day, NASA has some of the biggest of big data challenges.

In this five-minute video clip, NASA's Nicholas Skytland talks about NASA's big data challenges, how NASA is preparing to handle much larger data sets in the future, and how government is a platform for citizens to engage. 

This clip is part of the bonus coverage of ZDNet's Techlines event, "Big Data Debunked – Finding the Data Signals," on October 4, 2012 in New York City.

Topics: Big Data, TechLines

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  • Jason: Video is not working, please check;

    Though it could be because I'm at work right now, and we can't always watch the Vids. I work 3rd shift, and just came in to take 1st break.....

    If it is working, I'll make sure to watch it from home!!

  • Vid works

    Somewhat interesting.
    That is a lot of data.
  • NASA is not alone here.

    Large Hadron Colider project face similar problems.

    How to move so much data around to various "end users"?
    How to process it in timely fashion?

    Both of those are also somehow less then profitable from the stand point of economy. :P

    So no wonder that NASA (in this time of budget cuts), want to spread info about positive side effects its main mission have.

    And NASA always was for Open Source even when that term did not existed. As it do not make any sense to operate on "black box" devices when your life depend on them.

    So win/win for human society.

    If only they focused more on economics reason for going into space...