NASA is working on a project to make it easier to retrieve data from space vehicles in orbit or deep space and is turning to net data protocols to help.

The project will allow mission scientists to use a standard web browser to monitor spacecraft and to swap data with them or their crews.

The technology to link spacecraft to the web was tested on the fatal space shuttle mission and briefly turned the Columbia craft into a node on the net.

Nasa is interested in using standard terrestrial techniques to route data to and from satellites and spacecraft to cut costs and make off-planet resources easier to manage. More here.