December 18, 2006 9:40 AM PST

NASA-Google partnership ready for liftoff

The NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on projects ranging from studying scientific-data search technology to using Google Earth flyovers for the moon and Mars.

The R&D partnership was announced by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in September 2005, but a year later representatives from both Google and NASA Ames acknowledged that there were roadblocks. Monday's announcement finally solidified their agreement and gave hints as to what some upcoming products of the partnership may be.

The NASA Ames Research Center, which specializes in science and engineering projects, is located at Moffett Field in California, on former Navy land that's a stone's throw from the big names of Silicon Valley--including Google's campus in Mountain View. This year, research at NASA Ames has included heat shield technology, the commercialization of space exploration and wildfire monitoring.

The first collaboration between Google and NASA Ames will concern the availability of NASA information over the Internet. For example, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement that "soon" there will be Google Earth flyovers available for the surfaces of Mars and the moon. Additional data will include real-time weather forecasting and visualization, as well as tracking of the International Space Station and space shuttle activity.

Future NASA-Google developments in the works aren't limited to fusing NASA data into Google applications. Other planned projects mentioned in Monday's announcement deal with human-computer interaction, education-related collaborations and possibly even joint missions.

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"NASA-Google....
... partnership ready for liftoff"; are these new "kids" on the block or what? Part of this article states; "Future NASA-Google developments in the works aren't limited to fusing NASA data into Google applications. Other planned projects mentioned in Monday's announcement deal with human-computer interaction, education-related collaborations and possibly even joint missions..."; so, with Google not being an established "Operating System" Developer like Microsoft and IBM - OS/2 Warp (VOYAGER and CASINII) what has become of past software application development efforts/activities between NASA, IBM and Microsoft. Also, what past NASA-GOOGLE experiences (and products) does Google bring to the table?

Beam Them All Up Scotty!
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GET WARPED....
... with OS/2 and you not only see "Google Earth flyovers available for the surfaces of Mars and the moon." but you can also get involved in the "Search for Extraterrestrial Life" - SETI:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.space.com/searchforlife/" target="_newWindow">http://www.space.com/searchforlife/</a>

so, what will NASA-GOOGLE agreement do differently!
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