In what seems to be a likely partnership, Google and NASA have joined together to bring space exploration down to earth. Both Google and NASA have something important to offer the other, and in return, we’ll have access to loads of new information. NASA’s Administrator Michael Griffin says that, “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.” How cool is that?
I’m sure we can expect new features added to Google Earth as Google gets their hands on the wealth of information and images that NASA has collected over time about our Earth. Not only that, but just think about all of the information that could potentially be available by doing a Google Search in the future. NASA admits that while they have so much information that is available to the public, it’s difficult for the public to get their hands on the information. Google will be working to make that information more accessible to the general public, and in the process, they will be helping NASA organize themselves.
After Google and NASA get information available to view on the Internet, their next goals are to provide real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, and real-time tracking of the International Space Station and space shuttles. Now that would make for some impressive additions to Google Earth!
Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt says that, “Partnering with NASA made perfect sense for Google, as it has a wealth of technical expertise and data that will be of great use to Google as we look to tackle many computing issues on behalf of our users.”
News Source: Big Mouth Media