NASA Responds, IEEE Spectrum
"Dear IEEE Spectrum Editors, Recent events at NASA have overtaken the internal debates described in your August article ("The Interplanetary Internet")."
"By 2007, these services will allow mission teams to turn their spacecraft into additional network nodes. Researchers on Earth will be able to manipulate onboard instruments, monitor the craft's well-being, and perhaps even route another spacecraft's data through it. That assumes, of course, that these spacecraft will run Internet software and use Internet protocols in deep space. And that's something that will happen only if Goddard engineers can conquer the vociferous doubts of a team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."