ITWire reports in 'Inter-planetary Internet expands to Mars and beyond' that Internet 'guru' Vint Cerf is working with NASA to build a permanent Internet link to Mars by 2008:
InterPlaNet (IPN) will serve as a backbone for a future inter-planetary system of Internets, said Cerf during a visit to Bangalore, reports Indo Asian News Service.
A collaboration between NASA and the Advanced Research Project Agency, the InterPlaNet project is underway at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Houston, Texas. The InterPlaNet protocol is designed to cope with delays caused by the vast distances of space, with data taking up to 20 minutes to travel between the Earth and Mars depending on how far apart the two planets are.
Is this the beginning of humanity's shift towards solar colonisation... the ultimate in mobilities?