It's science festival time around the country right now, and that includes the facilities of NASA. I caught something the other day that I thought was really cool, particularly if you love communications and technology.
There was a class taking the tours around JPL and one of the lecturers was the director of the NASA Deep Space Network, the folks that keep in contact with the various far-flung vehicles that have left the planet and, for Voyager, the solar system.
What caught my fancy was when they said that... "oh, yeah, all of this communications monitoring data is available in real time on the internet..."
Oh, so COOL!... here's the LINK
You can go and see the current state of the network, how fast the data is moving, who's on line... etc.
I think the topper was the bit with the Voyager spacecraft, that comunicates at the whopping speed of about 150 bits per second and a round-trip time of about a day and a half!