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More On Google And Nasa

By - September 28, 2005

NanotubesIn the book I asked Eric Schmidt what was next for Google. He replied that the joke was “carbon nanotubes to the moon.”

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.

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4 thoughts on “More On Google And Nasa

  1. Hans A. Koch says:

    I happen to work close to NASA Ames Research
    Center so I went to the announcement.

    It was interesting…

    They talked about how Google was going to “collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities”

    “Google and NASA share a common desire-to bring a universe of information to people around the world,

  2. Simon says:

    I think this is a brilliant move.


    Think about the competition between Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

    The fiercest competition between the three companies takes place over recruiting.

    Now lets say you are a talented engineer weighing competing offers from Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

    Each company is offering you a US$150,000 starting salary, the chance to explore challenging engineering problems and the opportunity to get rich through stock options.

    The offers are pretty much equal.

    But what if one of the companies is also offering you the chance to spend one day a week working on special projects with NASA at the AMES Research Center!!!!!!

    Which company would you choose?????

    For the world’s most brilliant scientists and engineers, it is a no-brainer: Google!!!!!!!

    In the annals of recruiting this has to be one of the smartest moves ever made!!!!

  3. Everything is also depending what NASA wants from Google, certainly Google is gaining bigger attraction, something also wants NASA but we aren’t knowing exactly what???

  4. Lektury says:

    Each company is offering you a US$150,000 starting salary, the chance to explore challenging engineering problems and the opportunity to get rich through stock options.