Website gets over 100 million Unique Visitors, 1 Billion Page Views
The NASA web site gets heavy traffic during events like the Mars
Lander landing and it sending pictures from Mars subsequently. In
2004, during the last Mars landing, they got 60 million unique visitors,
50,000 simulatenous connections, 550 page views and 17.5 billion
hits for the whole year! This year they expect all these statistics
In olden days pictures and videos were first analyzed by scientists
and then slowly released for public consumption. Today NASA IT people
ensure that pictures and videos are available on their web site
within 15 minutes of receiving them from MARS!
They use a Vignette Content Management system to receive pictures
and create content around them and publish them for three sets of
audiences - Public, Scientists and Museums in a controlled way!
In 2002 they had a single server in the basement just for announcements
like "Press conference at 2 p.m". Now they use Sungard
servers, had 330 TB of data in 2004 (expect it to be double now
at least), hold 100 to 150 live viewings in musuems supported by
They incoporate many interesting web 2.0 companies like Twitter,
Second Life, Yahoo (for streaming assistance), Google for their
variety of offerings and technology!
Very interesting reading!
However, one thing striking about this article is that they don't
have any 2008 statistics or even 2007 or even 2006!