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Mars Landing Events to be Broadcast Live on the Internet as NASA Lands the Pathfinder Spacecraft.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 2, 1997--

Vosaic's "Click & Play" Audio/Video Streaming Software Takes Global

Internet Citizens Inside NASA's JPL Mission Control Room

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA has partnered with Vosaic, the Chicago-based audio and video streaming software company, to provide live audio and video on the Internet from the JPL Mission Control Room this Friday, July 4. Space enthusiasts on the Internet can simply go to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov to watch instant audio and video coverage. While there, viewers have the option to select a Vosaic network affiliate partner and be directly linked to one of these participating Web sites that are equipped with Vosaic's audio and video streaming capabilities.

Utilizing Vosaic's audio and video for Java streaming technology, the JPL will allow Internet citizens around the world to peer into Mars Pathfinder's Mission Control Room. Vosaic brings the audio and video broadcasts, from NASA Select TV, to the Internet. Internet citizens can witness the men and women who are organizing this journey as they land the spacecraft and drive the rover across the Martian Landscape.

The Mars Pathfinder Mission has selected Vosaic's streaming software because of Vosaic's unique ability to offer live audio and video with no plug-ins and no software to download on the viewers computer.

"We at Mars Pathfinder are very excited to be working with Vosaic on this historic event," said David Dubov, Mars Pathfinder Webmaster. "Ease of use and technological sophistication were paramount to us in providing audio and video access for this event and only Vosaic was capable of providing radio like 'click and play' capabilities with its Java streaming and bandwidth management technology," he continued.

"We are anticipating tremendous interest in this landmark event," said Stuart Johnstone, President/CEO of Vosaic LLC. "The Vosaic team has worked closely with it's network affiliate partners to provide a near radio/TV like experience, on the Internet, with a click & play simplicity for the viewers in front of their PC."

Vosaic's network affiliate partners include the Christian Science Monitor, Digital Equipment Corporation, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, University of Chicago, New York Times, NASA Ames Laboratories, Earthlink Network, NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, GenXcellent and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne. These partners, and others to be announced, will be repeating the broadcasts over their respective servers, increasing the available bandwidth to accommodate the anticipated hundreds of thousands of viewers of this live broadcast.

Vosaic LLC is an audio/visual telecommunications network business which researches, develops and markets media streaming technologies for the Internet and Intranet industries. Vosaic, headquartered in Chicago, has business offices in Los Angeles and conducts research and development at the their labs in Urbana-Champaign, IL. VOSAIC is partnered with the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, which provides some of the technology foundation for VOSAIC products and services arising out of the U of I Systems Research Group, the umbrella organization encompassing the Digital Computer Lab and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. More information may be obtained on the Vosaic home page at http://www.vosaic.com .

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