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Google And NASA To Collaborate On Technology

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the where-no-goog-has-gone-before dept.

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Mike Peel writes "The BBC reports that Google will be assisting NASA with new technology from a campus facility in the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field." From the article: "As part of the venture, Google will develop one million square feet of real estate at the Nasa Ames research centre. The centre, built in 1939, has been at the heart of the US space program for many years, conducting research into the Apollo moon missions between 1963 and 1972. Nasa recently unveiled plans to make another moon landing by 2020. Examples of areas of potential collaboration include the development of new types of remote sensors and improving analysis of engineering problems." More details available from the official press release and MSNBC.

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One small step for man (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 9 years ago | (#13674792)

A giant leap for google kind towards the Copernicus Center []

Re:One small step for man (4, Funny)

linumax (910946) | about 9 years ago | (#13674875)

Now, by the help of NASA they can definitely do this []

Old News. (5, Funny)

HugePedlar (900427) | about 9 years ago | (#13674794)

Re:Old News. (1)

The Original Yama (454111) | about 9 years ago | (#13676154)

Zoom right into the moon. Wallace [] was right, the moon really is made out of cheese [] !

Chair upgrade! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674806)

They're going to replace all of NASA's chairs with inflatable exercise balls.

Re:Chair upgrade! (2, Funny)

hplasm (576983) | about 9 years ago | (#13674868)

That will stop the inflated Ball-mer from throwing them around, shouting "I'll Kill NASA!!"

Google Moon (1)

Crixus (97721) | about 9 years ago | (#13674814)

Google has secretly been launching recon satellites into orbit around the moon, and will soon be unveliling their Google Moon satellite maps.

Re:Google Moon (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | about 9 years ago | (#13674829)

Erm... you mean this [] ? Or did I miss your point? Anyway, I'm looking forward to GoogleMilkyWay.

Re:Google Moon (1)

Anonymous Writer (746272) | about 9 years ago | (#13675023)

Check out what happens when you go all the way to maximum zoom in that thing... the moon is made of cheese!


Hitto (913085) | about 9 years ago | (#13675089)


Re:Google Moon (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | about 9 years ago | (#13675103)

that is #*&king brilliant!! cheers :-)

USA Government Corruption (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675012)


It is interesting to read in the news that a lot of big fish heads are being cut in the Bush government! just do a search on Google News [] for "corruption" and you will see.

People from the so called "Land of the Free" you should really worry and try to oppose your current government!

Moffett (4, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | about 9 years ago | (#13674815)

One million square feet! is certainly a lots of real estate space (no pun intended) that in the South Bay Area has to be worth a not insignificant chunk of change. Granted, Moffett field sits on an amazing amount of land and although I have not been back to the base for years, I imagine it is still some pretty choice real estate that just so happens to be right up the road from Google.

It also might be of interest to note that Moffett is right next door to a former NIMA (NRO) facility and given Google's interest in mapping the surface of the Earth and other remote sensing activities, might be pretty convenient.

Re:Moffett (5, Informative)

josephtd (817237) | about 9 years ago | (#13674888)

Yea, well there is now a surplus of of office space around the Moffett Field area. My office is over on Shoreline and there are For Lease signs everywhere.

Re:Moffett (1)

BWJones (18351) | about 9 years ago | (#13674926)

Interesting. Do you think it is because of all the former defense dept. space that has been opened up for development after base closures creating a local market glut in the S. Bay or do you think that it might be the real estate bubble beginning to burst for the Bay Area?

Perhaps its good that I turned down that job offer at Stanford last year? :-)

Re:Moffett (1)

josephtd (817237) | about 9 years ago | (#13675281)

RE Bubble caused by .bom, outsourcing and C-Level greed.

Re:Moffett (4, Funny)

DingerX (847589) | about 9 years ago | (#13675177)

Big-ass airships man. They got a hangar for one. The Navy's abandoned airships for 65 years -- probably as a result of a horrendous Ronald Reagan movie -- it's time for Google to bring it back and show us how it's done. I mean, how cool is that? A Zeppelin dude, to travel in style. Stick inside a wet bar, lounge area, and sell tickets via invite only (n.b., boarding verification requires a celphone). Paint it up with a google logo on the side. Will it make money? Will it crash in a horrific fireball? Who cares! Just slap a big "BETA" logo on the side.

New Tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674819)

At the forefront of the new technology, sharks with frikkin' laser beams, in space...

Reasoning (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674830)

Nasa recently unveiled plans to make another moon landing by 2020
And why not, they've looked for Osama every other place that he isn't.

Re:Reasoning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675682)

What, are you hiding him?

creators collaborate: demise of unprecedented evil (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:creators collaborate: demise of unprecedented e (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | about 9 years ago | (#13674854)

Jeez, did you use this [] to compose that post?

Ob Simpson's Quote... (1)

hplasm (576983) | about 9 years ago | (#13674921)



Just a real-estate leasing deal... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674833)

It's just a glorified real-estate leasing deal, which will use up some of the office space created by the latest layoffs at NASA-Ames: 63469.htm []


Re:Just a real-estate leasing deal... (1)

brian.glanz (849625) | about 9 years ago | (#13675397)

Larger parts of this are public relations, cool factor, and the real, hard science potential. Even if office space made it this deal with these terms on this day, this is not about real estate.

Where did Velma go to work after Scooby Doo? NASA.

Where will Dib go to work after Invader Zim [] ? Google.

<sigh> and what ever happened to Penny (Inspector Gadget) ...

Re:Just a real-estate leasing deal... (1)

sloths (909607) | about 9 years ago | (#13675913)

The only place it says "Google" on that page is in the Google Ad on the bottom.

Congratulations Google (1)

Work Account (900793) | about 9 years ago | (#13674839)

The bigger Google gets the closer this world gets to becoming a better place.

3 cheers for Sergey and Larry!

"Do no evil!"
"Do no evil!"
"Do no evil!"

Re: Congratulations Google (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674908)

Are they blackmailing you with your Google cache or something?

Google Universe? (1)

TarrySingh (916400) | about 9 years ago | (#13674840)

"Google and NASA share a common desire--to bring a universe of information to people around the world," said Eric Schmidt, Google chief executive officer. "Imagine having a wide selection of images from the Apollo space mission at your fingertips whenever you want it. That's just one small example of how this collaboration could help broaden technology's role in making the world a better place." So I guess that's the next Google venture. Good thing is that they're supporting the ailing yet very crucial organisation like NASA. good job fellas!

Re:Google Universe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674894)

The Department of Awayregolith Security have instructed Google to blur the Moon. We wouldn't want terrorists to blow up the Moon because they had easy access to highly detailed maps of their target.

Google to assist NASA .... (3, Funny)

Karma_fucker_sucker (898393) | about 9 years ago | (#13674841)

I can see it now. We need to find more planets. I know, we'll just Google for them!

All right, I'm done. Warn your children! This is what happens when your out of work!

GMOONGLE (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | about 9 years ago | (#13674853)

Small step for a huge firm to help NASA with some real estate.

Huge freaking text ad on the MOON!


pureseth (917220) | about 9 years ago | (#13674889)

Google is on an intense rise in business. They went from a search engine, to EVERYTHING ELSE!!

Google takes their mission seriously! (4, Funny)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 9 years ago | (#13674858)

They really are trying to search everything, aren't they?

Re:Google takes their mission seriously! (1)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13675022)

Are they helping NASA search for ET, ala SETI?

Re:Google takes their mission seriously! (2, Funny)

garcia (6573) | about 9 years ago | (#13675095)

They play too much Katamari Damacy. They're trying to roll up the universe!

Google and Nasa.... (3, Funny)

cheezemonkhai (638797) | about 9 years ago | (#13674874)

This brings a whole new meaning to Google Earth.

I mean we all know their main business is adverts ;)

Re:Google and Nasa.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675034)

You mean were going to have to start calling the earth "google earth" like 3com park or GNU/Linux?

Makes me wonder... (1)

Pichu0102 (916292) | about 9 years ago | (#13674886)

...What's Google getting out of this deal? Money? Land? Connections to the government?

And on that note, I for one, welcome our new space-searching overlords.

Re:Makes me wonder... (1)

epaton (884617) | about 9 years ago | (#13674911)

access to some really smart people, think how good a motivation this could be for staff as well.

Re:Makes me wonder... (1)

Quince alPillan (677281) | about 9 years ago | (#13675179)

Not to mention the good PR for helping out NASA.

Re:Makes me wonder... (1)

kurbchekt (890891) | about 9 years ago | (#13675247)

Damn, ya beat me to it...

Had to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674898)

NASA, for one, welcomes their new Google overlords.

(On a side note, how would you like to be the research leader at NASA? Just walk over to the Google labs financial office and be like 'uhh...hi....I'm kinda working on this new project, it will cost $400,000,000 to get it in space by 2012...can you spot me and I'll pay you back later?)

Re:Had to say it... (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 9 years ago | (#13675861)

It gets me to thinking, "what would the increase be to do a "Deep Radar" analysis of the Moon?" With this knowledge, it would be possible to evaluate secondary landing sites for colonizing...

I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1)

mister_jpeg (46354) | about 9 years ago | (#13674905)

they're no rocket scientists. How in the heck can a search engine help NASA? What could Google possibly offer?

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (2, Insightful)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | about 9 years ago | (#13674945)

Well, to make that big search engine, they needed a big supercomputer, which they built themselves by networking a lot of computers together, didn't they? I mean, they might beat NSA at raw computing power. And a supercomputer, programmed differently, could run all sorts of high-power simulations and could correlate all sorts of sensory data.

Then there is the fact that Google is so adaptable that simply having them on the team gives NASA a boost. Google has done pretty much everything Internet related in the last few years, and that requires organizational flexibility. Maybe NASA wants to get an idea of how they work?

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1, Insightful)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | about 9 years ago | (#13674977)

And a supercomputer, programmed differently, could run all sorts of high-power simulations and could correlate all sorts of sensory data.

"Could" is irrelevant. The processing power is a lot cheaper and easier to come by than the people necessary to do the science. I'm really not feeling this one.

Then there is the fact that Google is so adaptable that simply having them on the team gives NASA a boost.

In PR, maybe, which seems to be what they need most. It's almost like the NASA PHB's were sitting around, and one said "What can we do to be cool again like 1969?" and one thought for a while before the light bulb illuminated, and said "You know who's cool? Google! Let's have them run the place!" Hmmmm....maybe not.

Google has done pretty much everything Internet related in the last few years, and that requires organizational flexibility

That's the kind of PHB thinking that takes you down the crapper. So why not let them build a new medical institute, since they've done so well with the internet? Why not let them solve the problem of global warming, they've done so well with the internet? I'll tell you - because they're not qualified, and success in one field doesn't imply success in another.

Maybe NASA wants to get an idea of how they work?

Then they should hire Page as a consultant, not let them take half the place over.

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1)

asky (815613) | about 9 years ago | (#13675105)

The NASA Advance Supercomputing (NAS) Division is, in fact, located at Ames. One of its principal assets is the Columbia supercomputer, a 10,240-node SGI Altix supercluster of Itanium 2 processors. In fact, it does do amazing simulations which would make the Google folks salivate. Google has the computing power and computer science background; NASA has massive finite element physics simulation background and an intelligent systems group at Ames. This is one of those rare amazing cases where one could actually complement the other.

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1)

asky (815613) | about 9 years ago | (#13674980)

Yes, they are extremely bright. I went to a seminar at Stanford
about a year ago, where Burt Rutan spoke. He mentioned being in some forum of famous people with the Google founders and others. After the meeting, one of the Google founders approached him and asked some very insightful questions about the commercial space technology. Rutan's reaction was: these guys have really done their homework, they know what they're talking about, don't be surprised if some portion of their billions is invested in that direction.
    Perhaps these guys have a focus on space as do Elon Musk (PayPal, but a physicist by training) and John Carmack (Doom, Armadillo Aerospace, brilliant computer scientist), both of whom have been building launch hardware.

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675301)

last time i checked john carmack and the elon musk were doing the rocketry thing on their own dime, not connected to their respective software companies. google is planning on doing it with shareholder money.

face facts, google sycophants. google has shown it can make money doing exactly ONE THING- selling little text ads on websites. that is 99% of their revenue and 100% of their profit.

and now they think they can start building spaceships? larry page actually said in an interview that he'd like google to invest in a space elevator. and the latest announcement said they're going to be getting into nanotechnology and life sciences?

are you kidding me?

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1)

hplasm (576983) | about 9 years ago | (#13675025)

How in the heck can a search engine help NASA? What could Google possibly offer? []

The Google Braindrain (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675047)

>>I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but they're no rocket scientists.

Actually, this is a big problem.

Google has cornered the market in big-brains, and has convinced dozens of top minds to leave their corporate overlords for the google brain collective.

Google is the largest collection of Highly Intelligent people focused in a single group since, well, NASA.

Its no wonder they are helping each other out. Its going to be a very mutually benificial relationship.

This is one of the reasons so many other companies are so pissed off at google. Theyve shuttled away all their biggest and best minds. Of course, thats google for you. Its still one of the best places to work in the world. And thats why people leave their current jobs for it.

Re:I'm sure the kids at Google are bright but (1)

lemoncheesecake (908268) | about 9 years ago | (#13676184)

I think read in an interview with Vint Cerf (who also works for nasa)when he was hired by google, that he would like to work on systems and protocals to allow differnt space ships to talk to each other and exchange information. I think this might be the start of that.

I can see it all now... (5, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | about 9 years ago | (#13674915)

"Mission Control, this is Mars Pathfinder 1, we are experiencing minor power fluctuations on bus C and require some diagnostic advice, over..."

"Pathfinder 1, roger that, wait one..."

"Pathfinder, this is Mission Control, please surf to If you need a copy of Acrobat Reader please advise and I will supply the URL, over..."

Re:I can see it all now... (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 9 years ago | (#13674938)

Thats still sounds a like a hell of a lot better future than if they chose Microsoft for the on board diagnosis:

"Mission Control, this is Mars Pathfinder 1, we are experiencing minor power fluctuations on bus C and require some diagnostic advice, over..."

Clippy: It looks like your all going to die. Would you like to.....

*silent scream*

Re:I can see it all now... (1)

foniksonik (573572) | about 9 years ago | (#13675485)

more like

*blue scream of death*

duh-dunk, tch... ;-p

Re:I can see it all now... (1)

Schnapple (262314) | about 9 years ago | (#13675325)

More like

ASTRONAUT: "Mission Control: Please find me Sea of Tranquility"

MISSION CONTROL: "Cannot find Sea of Tranquility - did you mean Sea of Tranquility Drive ?"

spider-man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674916)

hey! can i get a google spider for my linux server
please? i don't need the toolbar, but i'd like
the/a google spider/bot for my ownz "thru the
nite spidering" of the web. i wouldn't mind it
"phoning home" to google ...

Google never should have went public (3, Insightful)

Anita Coney (648748) | about 9 years ago | (#13674922)

Google wants to do so many cool things, from scanning the world's books to helping us in space. But now that it's public it's only a matter of time before the stock holders start pulling back the reins. In the narrow view of the stock market it doesn't matter if you help people. It doesn't even matter if you make a profit. The sole thing that matters to the stock market is whether you're growing. That's it. If you're not focusing on that, you're out.

Re:Google never should have went public (1)

khann80 (792242) | about 9 years ago | (#13674956)

I believe the founders are still in control due to the way they structured their IPO. The shares that the public bought were a lower "tier" on the voting scale so they can be out voted by Larry and Sergey.

Re:Google never should have went public (5, Informative)

bheer (633842) | about 9 years ago | (#13674964)

Google's stock offering has been very carefully structured to give Larry and Sergei a lot more control[1] than the ordinary shareholding public (and besides, Google is still relatively closely held - the main shareholders of Google are its investors and they trust the founders+Eric Schmidt implicitly). In fact, the non-founding shareholders (mostly Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia) likely know that Google's 'goofiness' makes for good press and share price, and as long as the party continues they're unlikely to rock the boat.

[1] WaPo: After IPO, Google Founders Plan to Remain in Control []

Re:Google never should have went public (1)

cowscows (103644) | about 9 years ago | (#13674972)

I think that sooner or later everyone's going to realize how entirely ridiculous Google's share price is, and it'll quickly come tumbling down to something that actually makes sense. So before that happens, Google should probably try and spend as much money as is possible, because once reality sets in, people will be a lot more scrutinizing of them.

Proof of Google's long term viability? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674925)

Some people have been questioning the longevity of Google due to all the stock sales and other factors. These people are saying that Google is looking like a .com boom and will have a similar fate.

I wonder whether this venture is proof that Google stocks aren't going to crash any time soon and that Google won't blow up and leave behind a bunch of rich employees.

Google Earth vs. NASA World Wind (3, Interesting)

KeiserSoze (657078) | about 9 years ago | (#13674943)

For a second there when I saw "Google and NASA collaborating on technology" I had a vain hope that it would be a reference to NASA World Wind. For those unsure (any Google Earth users), NASA World Wind [] is basically the same thing, only that it was around much earlier and (more importantly) it's open source software. On the down side, no expensive up-to-date imagery.

Re:Google Earth vs. NASA World Wind (1)

Nuffsaid (855987) | about 9 years ago | (#13675367)

I had the same first impression. Who knows, maybe after all they will merge both their code base and their datasets. The result would be impressive: easy navigation of detailed global maps (with elevation!) and extensible data overlays! I'm sure Google would have few objections in making Earth opensource. Google Earth, I mean, the application, not the planet...

Re:Google Earth vs. NASA World Wind (1)

bobbo69 (905401) | about 9 years ago | (#13675400)

I have to say I find WorldWind a lot more attractive graphically - the bitmap scaling in Google Earth just reminds me of Mode 7 on the SNES...

SETI to GETI (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13674950)

The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence will be replaced by Google for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

Re:SETI to GETI (1)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13675067)

GOTTI - Google OuterTerrestrial Terraforming Industry

Google Space Search (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | about 9 years ago | (#13675756)

Google Space Search

|Aliens___________| Search :)

NASA to announce gShuttle (4, Funny)

binaryDigit (557647) | about 9 years ago | (#13674979)

One of the first fruits of the Google/NASA pairing will be the gShuttle. The existing space shuttle will be modified to store 10x the amount the previous shuttle could (though no details yet from NASA as to why they need that much space and if they'd actually use it). The new shuttle would also bring up paid advertisments based on various criteria, the formula for which Google has not made public. Another gShuttle innovation would be a radically simplier control and navigation system. The pilots will not simply type in their commands to the shuttle (e.g. "rearThrusters:fire burntime:10"). One particularly interesting feature is the "I feel lucky" button on the navigation console, no specifics as to the exact function of this button was put forth by the Google spokesdrone.

I'm feeling lucky's detailes has been announced! (1)

linumax (910946) | about 9 years ago | (#13676032)

A NASA spokesperson has already mentioned that
The new "I'm feeling lucky" navigation button will get you to a random planet.

Just a few minutes ago CNN reported some UFO crashing somewhere around Redmond, could you guess where?

Re:NASA to announce gShuttle (1)

pmike_bauer (763028) | about 9 years ago | (#13676208)

it will never get out of beta

gMoon (2, Funny)

jgionet (828557) | about 9 years ago | (#13675018)

right on! now I'll be able to to search the moon and it'll be powered by google! next it'll be the gRocket!

At last (1)

Ranger (1783) | about 9 years ago | (#13675041)

With NASA's satellite mapping capability and Googles search engine. They can help Jimmy Buffet find that lost shaker of salt.

Coming soon!... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675059)

Coming soon...
Google and Jesus team together to make gmessiah,
Google make a search engine to find your lost keys,
Google helps old lady across street,
Google buys slashdot and renames it gdot and uses it to post glowing reviews of itself

Re:Coming soon!... (1)

dextroz (808012) | about 9 years ago | (#13676096)

oh wait... there are enough google zealots already doing that last bit...

Is Google the New Bell Labs? (4, Insightful)

rlp (11898) | about 9 years ago | (#13675076)

Bell Labs was heavily involved in the Apollo moon landing program. In both a technical capacity and a project management capacity. I remember early on, going to a meeting for new employees where all the senior managers introduced themselves and talked about their background. Years earlier, most of them had worked together on the Apollo moon landing.

Google has formed Google Labs including a lot of folks formerly from Bell Labs. It's interesting that NASA is working with them on the Moon Landing 2.0. Hopefully, without the bureaucracy of an AT&T, Google Labs will be more successful at translating R&D into marketable product. So far, their early track record looks very promising.

Re:Is Google the New Bell Labs? (1)

Flying Purple Wombat (787087) | about 9 years ago | (#13675553)

It seems to me that the ex-Bell Labs folks that Google hired would be Computer Science types. The Bell Labs folks involved in space missions would have included physicists, electrical, chemical and mechanical engineers as well as computer geeks, and probably others as well. Has Google hired experts in those other fields?

[disclosure: formerly worked at Bell Labs, speculate in Google stock]

Collaboration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675111)

NASA are gonna use google convert

It is a merger... (3, Insightful)

insignificant1 (872511) | about 9 years ago | (#13675122)

" convergence..." -Google Press Release []

A merger of the buzzwords that drive the investors of today.

Nothing new for NASA (1)

FJ (18034) | about 9 years ago | (#13675143)

NASA has called in private companies before. IBM got to keep a good deal of technology they developed in the 1960s & 1970s for NASA. One of the most famous program in particular for the mainframe is JES and a version of JES is still used by every IBM mainframe system. Banks, insurance companies, and other large manufacturers still depend heavily on software initially developed to put someone on the moon. It's pretty cool when you think about it and I hope Google will get the same type of benefit from working with NASA., we need you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675161) []

Ah, finally a take on the NASA deal that doesn't involve slashdot users falling over themselves to praise Google. But seriously, how do you go from selling text ads on websites to saying you are going to build nanotechnology for NASA? Did Eric/Larry/Sergey eat the brown acid at burning man this year or something? I was there and heard from several folks that they were too, although I didn't see them personally.

Advanced Search (1)

Knx (743893) | about 9 years ago | (#13675202)

Results 1 - 10 of about 337,000,000 for hotel. (0.11 seconds)

Your search was limited to: Solar System / Earth.
Would you like to extend your search to other locations?

Please note that it may take up to a couple trillions years for our Googled-Nasa Probes (tm) (beta) to scan the most distant, not yet explored galaxies. Thank you for your patience.

The Perfect /. Story (2, Funny)

Viper Daimao (911947) | about 9 years ago | (#13675260)

Google and NASA in the same /. story! Will they be using linux or some other open source software? If so, then we may have the Perfect /. Story!!

Censorship (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675262)

Google has already demonstrated its ability to censor searches for governments. Given the current political climate I wonder if Google will be compelled to censor searches in a way that will insure NASA's version of science remains the "official science" of America.

If people can't find what you published to read it, you perish.

Channel for money (1)

jfig (135047) | about 9 years ago | (#13675278)

Is it me or this is just a way for the US Government to channel money into Googles accounts??

Wonder want they're really paying?

Searching martians (1)

geo_2677 (593590) | about 9 years ago | (#13675333)

Next news.. Google builds engine to search the elusive green martians :) Way to go Google...

Google Moon, Google Mars (, Google Galactic?) (3, Insightful)

asky (815613) | about 9 years ago | (#13675350)

As you head out into the solar system and attempt to settle elsewhere, one of the problems is that you won't be able to google a query back to Earth and get a lightning fast response. (Well, uh, perhaps as fast as lightning, but that could be seconds, minutes, or hours....) You no longer can present every problem to Mission Control and wait for an answer. And you probably will not have trained for every scenario.

Survival of a small colony of smart people on the Moon or Mars could partly depend on taking large portions of your planetary knowledge base with you and looking for solutions that others have figured out but you haven't. (It also is a form of taking your culture with you.) The trick is to do it without rooms of massive power-hungry clusters, but for a smaller group of users. I can imagine Google working with NASA to pull some of these technologies together. Things like nanotechnology, one of the focal points of work at Ames, will be key to making it happen.

Google's probably getting international leeway (1)

jerryodom (904532) | about 9 years ago | (#13675364)

For all their mucking about in China and such they'll help Nasa use technology built in the 21st century.

Google-bubble (2, Interesting)

anubis__ (168382) | about 9 years ago | (#13675396)

Does anyone else think that maybe we're just in a Google-bubble, much like the internet bubble of the late 90s? I mean c'mon! Yeah, they wrote a search engine and they've made enough money to create a developer utopia where their programmers can be paid to work on thier own personal projects. Yeah, they have several other products out which utilize the internet in various ways. So now NASA, a government agency, is looking to spend taxpayer dollars to team up with Google... so they can bring the Apollo mission search results when we ask for them? And perform research into fields that Google only has money to due to an excessive amount of over speculation? Give me a break.

Google expandig out of it's domain...why? (4, Insightful)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | about 9 years ago | (#13675514)

Ok, Google is a company based around providing Search services, and they do that well. All thier services are in some way related to information mining (searching), from web search, to geographical search, it's all search in the end.

But what incredible need does NASA have for a partner to provide search? Sure, data mining is a useful tool for NASA I'm sure, but why do they need Google to actually set up shop there with them to do this?

Seems to me like Google is expanding out of it's domain. And that's not usually a good thing. Pick one thing and do it well, don't try to be Jack of all trades.

Marketing Talk (1)

lsetia (729422) | about 9 years ago | (#13675545)

From the article:

"Google and Nasa share a common desire, to bring a universe of information to people around the world," said Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and chief executive.

Whereas what he actually believed was this:

"Google wants to bring a universe of information to the people, whereas NASA wants to bring information about the universe to the people".

Steve Ballmar would be impressed.

NASA has needed Google technology for a long time (4, Informative)

alispguru (72689) | about 9 years ago | (#13675552)

NASA has big archives of space data, and they're only going to get bigger - the next generation of earth observing satellites are expected to generate 4 petabytes/year [] . That's 4 * 10**15, folks - think 8,000 500 GB drives. Per year. For at least the next ten years. One year is on the order of the size of Google's web cache.

Current archives are merely huge, and off-the-shelf databases are having trouble indexing it all - I've heard of a database holding just metadata (date/time, geographic extent, data type, resolution, format, etc.) for millions of observations where queries were taking tens of seconds, and this was with top-of-the-line commercial database software with all the spatial search bells and whistles.

If anybody can come up with a better way to store and index this stuff, it's Google.

You mean... (2, Funny)

uberchicken (121048) | about 9 years ago | (#13675610)

we can just google for aliens now? Seti must be pissed.

it is NASA, not Nasa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13675762)

Geez....get it right, NASA is not a word it is an acronym, so stop writing Nasa and write NASA. Have a little respect you hippie freaks.

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Beta (3, Funny)

fremar (527009) | about 9 years ago | (#13675885)

Will this mean all future NASA projects will be in a near-permanent Beta release? Oh wait, nothing new there...

Next: Google and SETI (2, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 9 years ago | (#13676085)

In related news, Google will team up with SETI by updating its search engines to find extraterrestrial intelligence. When asked about the upcoming collaboration, the head of SETI remarked, "I can't believe we didn't think of this sooner! This will be much easier than mucking about with signal analysis and Fourier Transforms".

Testing is slated to begin in Q4 2005 by searching for intelligent life here on Earth.

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