(Commercial Space Watch) From what I have learned, this announcement will unveil a NASA/Google collaboration that is rather unique - indeed exciting. This agreement represents a significant advance for how the agency might collaborate with the private sector in the future - specificially as to how the agency takes its vast collection of data and imagery and makes it more easily available to the world. Among the details of this new cooperative project, Google will be contributing funding to support NASA employees - and not just at ARC - but at other NASA centers as well.
What makes this more exciting is the very fact that NASA's partnership with Google may mean future developments in the work. Something I would love to see would be a Google Mars program to rival that of Google Earth (and perhaps a Google Moon too).
Either way, this shows that if NASA can partner with Google, they may just be open to partner with some of the smaller space companies out there.
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