The US space agency's (Nasa) spacecraft and satellites could soon have their own net address.
To test the technology the Columbia space shuttle was fitted with an embedded PC that has a 233 MHz processor, 128 MB of RAM and a solid-state 144 MB hard drive.
The computer is running Red Hat, a version of the Linux operating system, and is maintaining a connection with the Goddard Space Flight Center which will to try to contact the onboard PC more than 140 times over the duration of the shuttle mission STS-107.
Didn't realize that when I posted this a tragedy was forthcoming. Oh the difference a day or two can make. :-\