NASA Google deal

You didn’t really think I’d not comment on this did you?

“”Imagine having a wide selection of images from the Apollo space mission at your fingertips whenever you want it. That’s just one small example of how this collaboration could help broaden technology’s role in making the world a better place.”Eric Schmidt, Google chief executive officer.

Try Looking at the World Wind Moon page buddy.

“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 at Headquarters in Washington.

Mr.Griffin have you no idea of what your own departments actually do, ok since you seem to only be able to use Google technology here’s some clips from youtube, Moon virtual flight and Mars fly by. Before you wet yourself I’m sorry to tell you these clips aren’t from Google Earth, but actually a small little project at Ames called NASA World Wind.

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.

I already covered the Moon and Mars, “Real-time weather visualization” check, “real-time tracking of the International Space Station” check, anything else? How about Jupiter and Venus?

That’s enough ranting (for now), I’d like there to be a positive side to this partnership, Google allowing everyone to access NASA data for free (not only through adware software), then again Google Earth/Maps already hosts public domain NASA and USGS data which we aren’t allowed to use, so I’m not overly optimistic.

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  • Sometimes the truth hurts, not because it’s stranger than fiction, but just because it smells fishy. Thanks for the trout smack!

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