Well, take a look at this release:
NASA Takes Google On Journey Into Space
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – September 28, 2005 – NASA Ames Research
Center, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, and
Mountain View-based Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced plans to
collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development
activities that will couple some of Earth’s most powerful technology
NASA and Google have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that
outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas, including
large-scale data management, massively distributed computing,
bio-info-nano convergence, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial
space industry. The MOU also highlights plans for Google to develop up
to one million square feet within the NASA Research Park at Moffett
“Our planned partnership presents an enormous range of potential
benefits to the space program,” said NASA Ames Center Director G.
Scott Hubbard. “Just a few examples are new sensors and materials
from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, improved analysis of
engineering problems as well as Earth, life and space science
discoveries from supercomputing and data mining, and bringing
entrepreneurs into the space program. While our joint efforts will
benefit both organizations, the real winner will be the American
public,” he added.
“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.”
“I’m thrilled that NASA Ames Research Center and Google, two of our
region’s and our nation’s most valuable and innovative organizations,
have formed a partnership,” said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA -14th
“As Silicon Valley continues to lead in developing technologies that
will guide our nation’s economy in the 21st century, partnerships
combining the best in public sector innovation with the cutting edge of
private industry will serve as the gold standard in public-private
partnerships for years to come. The technologies created by the
partnership of Google and NASA Ames not only will enable and enhance
further exploration of space, it will positively impact the daily lives
of all Americans for generations to come,” Eshoo said.
“The City of Mountain View is excited that two of our community’s most
innovative and dynamic organizations, Google and NASA Ames Research
Center, are forming a new research and development partnership at Ames.
This new collaboration will undoubtedly result in new research projects
and endeavors with tremendous potential for innovation and far-reaching
benefit,” said Mountain View Mayor Matt Neely.
Located on property at Ames Research Center, NASA Research Park is
being developed into a world-class, shared-use educational and R&D
campus. As part of a comprehensive plan for this area, new
laboratories, offices, classrooms, housing, auditoriums, museums, a
training and conference center, open space, parking and limited retail
facilities are envisioned. The plan calls for NASA to partner with
local communities, academia, private industry, non-profit organizations
and other government agencies in support of NASA’s mission to conduct
research and develop new technologies.