Friday, February 03, 2006

Google Expanding Towards The Stars Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
The search giant Google has been granted more time by NASA in order to come up with ideas for research in their latest round of talks.

(Red Orbit) With new ideas still sprouting, NASA agreed Wednesday to give Google more time to submit a detailed plan to build a large research park and collaborate with NASA scientists at Moffett Field. Wednesday's deadline for laying out plans was extended until May 31.

"Everyone got so excited with all of the possibilities for collaboration, we decided we needed more time to put this plan together," said Michael Marlaire, NASA's director of external affairs and development.

Google (as usual) refused to comment what those ideas could be, but it seems like the partnership between the world's largest search company and the world's finest space program could have a positive influence for humanity. Especially in the realm of education.

(Red Orbit) But a memorandum of understanding signed by NASA and Google last November laid out four general areas in which the company might collaborate with space agency scientists: large-scale data management; connecting smaller computers for supercomputing; converging nanotech and biotechnology; and helping launch private commercial space travel. [...]

Besides extending the deadline, the two sides agreed Wednesday to add a new component to the collaboration: involving Google in the many education programs held at Moffett Field. Those programs bring thousands of schoolchildren and college students to Moffett campus near Mountain View every year to learn about astronomy and other scientific missions.

Google currently has several products to help people explore their world to a greater degree. Google Earth allows users to surf the world around them at different altitudes, and at different angles.

Google currently does not offer any programs to surf the galaxy, although if one is interested in doing so the Celestia Motherload may be what they are looking for.

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