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Some Folks at NASA Are Hip to the Internet

By Keith Cowing
March 23, 2007

NASA is shirking its educational duties, union says, Government Executive

“But Keith Cowing, editor of NASAWatch.com and a former NASA scientist, said cuts have prevented the agency from fulfilling its innovative outreach goals. “Everybody expects every agency to be hip and with it,” but that takes time and money, he said. “The real problem is when they try” to meet these expectations, “Congress cuts their budget.” “To their credit, [some officials] are actually getting hip to this,” Cowing said. He pointed to NASA’s Ames Center, where the agency is sharing computer scientists and office space with Silicon Valley neighbor Google.”

NASA Budgets $3m to Develop MMO and More, 3pointD.com

“NASA, the U.S. space agency, is getting ready to launch its own exploration into virtual space. NASAs Learning Technologies arm has issued an intramural call for proposal ideas [UPDATE: now postponed, oddly] for the development of a massively multiplayer online game that is intended to be the front-end of a larger synthetic environment.”

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