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December 18, 2006

NASA and Google sign Space Act agreement

NASA Ames Research Center has entered into a Space Act agreement with Google, which will combine the technical expertise of the search engine giant with the space science expertise of NASA, to enable NASA's space exploration work to become accessible to everyone.

By CBR Staff Writer

As the first in a series of joint collaborations, the internet search group and the Ames research center will concentrate on making the most useful of NASA’s information available on the internet. Plans to provide information on real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3D maps of the moon and Mars, real-time tracking of the international space station and the space shuttle will be explored in the future.

This 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, said NASA administrator Michael Griffin.

Associates of both parties have already initiated the partnership with the discussion of the many challenging computer science problems facing both organizations and possible joint collaborations to help address them.

NASA and Google intend to collaborate in a variety of areas, including incorporating agency data sets in Google Earth, focusing on user studies and cognitive modeling for human computer interaction, and science data search utilizing a variety of Google features and products.

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