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NASA, Google sign space act agreementnews
19 December 2006
NASA has announced that it is teaming up with Google for solutions to a variety of technical problems including large-scale data management and human-computer interfaces, and will make its space exploration work, much of which is currently scattered across the web, more accessible to the public.

NASA's Ames Research Center and Google will jointly focus on making NASA's most useful information like high-resolution three-dimensional maps of the moon and Mars available on the internet. In the future, users would also be able to view and real-time tracking of the international space station and the space shuttle.

The space act agreement signed between the two is the first in a series of collaborations between the search engine leader and the US space research agency. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

A media communiqué from NASA quoted its administrator Michael Griffin, as stating, "This agreement between NASA and Google will soon allow every American to experience a virtual flight over the surface of the moon or through the canyons of Mars" Earlier, last year Google and Nasa had teamed up to build a new campus at Nasa`s Research Centre in Silicon Valley.

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NASA, Google sign space act agreement