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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.


Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-3937/9000
E-mail: Michael [dot] Mewhinney [at] nasa [dot] gov

Jon Murchinson
Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
Phone: 650-253-4437

December 18, 2006
NASA and Google to Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth

NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement
that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety
of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data
management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer

As the first in a series of joint collaborations, Google and Ames will
focus on making the most useful of NASA’s information available on the
Internet. Real-time weather visualization and forecasting,
high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, real-time tracking of
the International Space Station and the space shuttle will be explored
in the future.

“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,” said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at
Headquarters in Washington. “This innovative combination of information
technology and space science will make NASA’s space exploration work
accessible to everyone,” added Griffin.

“Partnering with NASA made perfect sense for Google, as it has a wealth
of technical expertise and data that will be of great use to Google as
we look to tackle many computing issues on behalf of our users,” said
Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google. “We’re pleased to move
forward to collaborate on a variety of technical challenges through the
signing of the Space Act Agreement.”

Recently, teams from NASA and Google met to discuss the many
challenging computer science problems facing both organizations and
possible joint collaborations that could help address them.

NASA and Google intend to collaborate in a variety of areas, including
incorporating agency data sets in Google Earth, focusing on user
studies and cognitive modeling for human computer interaction, and
science data search utilizing a variety of Google features and

“Our collaboration with Google will demonstrate that the private and
public sectors can accomplish great things together,” said S. Pete
Worden, Ames center director. “I want NASA Ames to establish
partnerships with the private sector that will encourage innovation,
while advancing the Vision for Space Exploration and commercial
interests,” Worden added.

“NASA has collected and processed more information about our planet and
universe than any other entity in the history of humanity,” said Chris
C. Kemp, director of strategic business development at Ames. “Even
though this information was collected for the benefit of everyone, and
much is in the public domain, the vast majority of this information is
scattered and difficult for non-experts to access and to understand.

“We’ve worked hard over the past year to implement an agreement that
enables NASA and Google to work closely together on a wide range of
innovative collaborations,” said Kemp. “We are bringing together some
of the best research scientists and engineers to form teams to make
more of NASA’s vast information accessible.”

NASA and Google also are finalizing details for additional
collaborations that include joint research, products, facilities,
education and missions.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Google is headquartered
close to Ames in Silicon Valley with offices through the Americas,
Europe and Asia.

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