Space – The Google Frontier? Boldly googling where no one has googled before? It’s starting to look that way, as the relationship between Google and NASA heads for orbit right here on earth.
Taken from the official NASA and Google press release:
NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces.
As the first in a series of joint collaborations, Google and Ames will focus on making the most useful of NASA’s information available on the Internet. Real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, real-time tracking of the International Space Station and the space shuttle will be explored in the future.
According to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin “The agreement between NASA and Google will soon allow every American to experience a virtual flight over the surface of the moon or through the canyons of Mars.”
Griffin added “This innovative combination of information technology and space science will make NASA’s space exploration work accessible to everyone.”
The chances of me ever getting to go up into outer space are probably one in a million, so this news totally rocks.
Will Google ever cease to amaze us? I don’t think so. I’m expecting even more exciting news on the Google front for 2007.