Google and NASA announced an agreement last night that may have major implications for Google Earth. Google will be building a research facility on NASA property near Silicon Valley at the NASA Ames Research Center. In the process, Google will be gaining better access to NASA’s huge repository of space-related information. NASA will benefit from Google’s expertise in managing and organizing huge data repositories.
Google was quoted as saying “We already have Google Earth. We’d like to have Google Mars and Google Moon.” (Maybe this time they will show that the moon isn’t made of cheese?)
NASA was quoted as saying that the partnership was “…unprecedented, unparalleled and unequal.”
Apparently this announcement is largely based on a “memorandum of understanding” and they were not announcing a lot of specific details yet. However, you can bet Google Earth can only get better from this.
There is a good write-up on the announcement by the San Jose Mercury News at the Miami Herald here. And, the Google Press Release is available as well.