Interesting math…

As noted in this article, Dr Nigel Bannister of the University of Leicester has estimated the cost of data transmission from the Hubble telescope, and compared it to the going price (in the UK) of text messaging. The result:

“The maximum size for a text message is 160 characters, which takes 140 bytes because there are only 7 bits per character in the text messaging system, and we assume the average price for a text message is 5p. There are 1,048,576 bytes in a megabyte, so that’s 1 million/140 = 7490 text messages to transmit one megabyte. At 5p each, that’s £374.49 per MB – or about 4.4 times more expensive than the ‘most pessimistic’ estimate for Hubble Space Telescope transmission costs.”

I guess the cost of texting really can be astronomical.

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