IT/Web: December 2006 Archives

Pete Wardon's Holideck

NASA Launches Google Collaboration, Washington Post

"Ames chief S. Pete Wardon said that NASA has also converted video from the Apollo missions to the moon into digital form, and in the future those images could also be available for viewing online. "The goal is to allow the public to feel they are virtually there," Wardon said, likening the Internet initiative to the fictional "holideck" virtual-reality chamber of the "Star Trek" television series."

Editor's note: Um, Its "Worden" not "Wardon" and "holodeck" not "holideck"...

Reader note: "That reporter has apparently spent too much time at Holiday Inn hotels, where the pool and recreation area is called the "Holidome" at some properties."

Google Announcement Reaction

NASA Launches Google Collaboration, Washington Post

"The agreement was announced at NASA's Ames Research Center in California. Google had previously announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot facility at the research park. But while Google will be the first major online collaborator with NASA, the agency said that the images are not exclusive and that it is working on similar projects with other Internet portals."

Touring space with Google, NASA, SJ Mercury News

"As an example of what they envision, NASA officials cited the Global Connection Project ( created by NASA, Google, National Geographic and Carnegie Mellon University. Using Google Earth satellite imagery, the Global Connection site provides close-up still images of natural disaster areas so emergency personnel can better see what help is needed and how to get supplies to the hardest-hit areas."

NASA and Google to Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth, NASA

"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 Schedules Briefing to Discuss Google Agreement

"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."



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