"NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces."
"NASA Ames Research Center hosts a media briefing Monday to discuss a major announcement involving Google, Inc. 11:00 a.m. PST, Monday, Dec. 18, 2006."
Major NASA - Google Announcement Planned, SpaceRef
"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 - specifically 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."
Editor's 18 Dec 2:09 pm EST note: I dialed in to the telecon 10 minutes early using the number in last Friday's media advisory. Then at 2:02 pm EST the line went dead. I called back and the robot voice said that the conference call had "reached capacity". ARC PAO is incompetent. If they can't make a simple telecon work ...
Editor's 18 Dec 2:11 pm EST note: Someone not from ARC PAO sent me a new telecon dial in number - but only after I complained. Listening to all the chatter among ARC PAO folks they clearly have no idea what they are doing with regard to running this telecon.
Editor's 18 Dec 2:31 pm EST note: No one seems to be in charge of this press event. People just started to shout out questions - no affiliations are mentioned - with multiple follow-up questions. Often time it is hard to tell who is NASA, Google, and who is media. No one from PAO bothered to open the telecon with ground rules - like HQ and the other field centers do. Chaos.
Editor's 18 Dec 2:40 pm EST note: For the second time in less than 10 minutes someone (media I think) asked everyone to start over again since they missed the beginning of the telecon. This getting to be like that movie "Groundhog Day".
Editor's 18 Dec 2:50 pm EST note: Well, the telecon is over. No one from PAO ever provided (me at least) with instructions as to how to ask questions. Oh well. Now I can sit here, entertained, since the phone line is still open and I can listen to everyone talking - not knowing they are still on the telecon.