In the news almost every day now, Google is back doing something amazing again. This time, the company has signed a deal with NASA, which will see the two organisations work together on a range of research and development activities.
The plans envisage that the two organisations work together in a number of technology based projects such as massively distributed computing of which Google is an acknowledged world leader, bio-info-nano convergence, and what is referred to as the 'encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry'.
The partnership should lead to an enormous range of potential benefits in the space programme. NASA Ames Centre Director G. Scott Hubbard gave examples such as new sensors and materials from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, and improved analysis of engineering and bringing entrepreneurs into the space programme to illustrate this.