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By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
August 6, 2007

Microsoft And NASA Team Up For 3-D Space Shuttle Tour, Wired

NASA, Microsoft Launch Collaboration With Immersive Photography, NASA

Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch. Microsoft Live Labs

“For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before it launches into space, through a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and NASA. Microsoft(R) Live Labs and NASA developed the environments using hundreds of photographs and a photo-imaging technology called Photosynth(TM). Photosynth uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a 3-D view of an environment that can be navigated and explored in a highly intuitive manner.”

Editor’s note: You are out of luck, Mac users. According to this site: “The Photosynth technology preview runs only on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista.”. I have seen this software demonstrated with my own eyes (on a PC) and it is jaw dropping.

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