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Mission to Mars

We seem to have a fascination with Mars. Brian De Palma produced a movie about it starring Tim Robbins, Gary Sinese and Don Cheadle no less. David Bowie wrote the song Is There Life on Mars?

While we still don’t know if there’s life on Mars, at 10:31 PT tonight a significant advancement will be made in space history: NASA’s Curiosity Rover will land on Mars.

Our performance engineers have been working with the amazing teams from NASA, JPL, and Amazon to broadcast live pictures from Mars. We ran extensive performance tests to prepare for 100s of Gbs of streaming video to be beamed back to earth to be watched by millions of people worldwide, including in Times Square.

The SOASTA team is pleased to play a small part in this historic event.

Watch the landing here on NASA TV.

Some additional facts for those of you, who, like us, find this fascinating:

  • The car-sized, six-wheel lab is searching for two things on its mission to the Red Planet: signs of environments where life might have existed and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life.
  • @nasa has 2.5 million followers
  • @MarsCuriosity has 188,000 followers
  • Curiosity’s Facebook page has 49,000 likes

Tom Lounibos

About the Author

Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.