In what could represent a huge change in media, it has been revealed that nearly twice as many people watched the landing of the Mars Rover on the Internet than on TV. According to Mashable.com, 3.2 million people watched the landing on the live Internet stream, compared to just 1.7 million on television.
“More people tuned in to watch the NASA Mars landing coverage on Ustream than many of the top cable news networks during Sunday prime time,” Ustream spokesman Tony Riggins told Mashable.
The landing, dubbed “seven minutes of terror,” captivated millions, as it represents a huge step in space exploration for both the United States and the globe. At its peak, there were 500,000 people watching the landing live on the Ustream broadcast. At the same time, CNN had 426,000 viewers, MSNBC had 365,000 and Fox had 803,000.