Microsoft and NASA Space Act Offers Google Earth 5.0 Competitor
Article by George Norman
On 25 Mar 2009
Redmond software developer Microsoft and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced the fact the two companies have signed a Space Act Agreement with the goal of making planetary images and outer space data available online for people all over the world interested in the subject. One of the features included in the Space Act is the availability of Mars HD scientific images, which is reminiscent of the Mars navigation option in Google Earth 5.0 – details here.

“This collaboration between Microsoft and NASA will enable people around the world to explore new images of the moon and Mars in a rich, interactive environment through the WorldWide Telescope. WorldWide Telescope serves as a powerful tool for computer science researchers, educators and students to explore space and experience the excitement of computer science,” said Corporate Vice president of Microsoft External Research in Redmond, Washington, Tony Hey.

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Over 100TB of high-resolution scientific images and data related to the moon and planet Mars will be processed and hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View. All that data will be then incorporated by Microsoft into the online virtual telescope known as the WorldWide Telescope. According to NASA, this collaboration with Microsoft is of great importance as it gives people a better insight into what the space agency does.

Associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, Ed Weiler comments: “Making NASA's scientific and astronomical data more accessible to the public is a high priority for NASA, especially given the new administration's recent emphasis on open government and transparency. WorldWide Telescope serves as a powerful tool for computer science researchers, educators and students to explore space and experience the excitement of computer science.”

If you would like to learn more about the subject or download and install WorldWide Telescope, you can do so here.



Tags: Microsoft, NASA, WorldWide Telescope, Google Earth
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