NASA, Microsoft to co-manage data for WorldWide Telescope

NASA and Microsoft Corp. have announced plans to develop the technology and infrastructure to move large amounts of NASA content – including high-resolution images and data from Mars and the moon – to Microsoft’s virtual WorldWide Telescope.

Under the agreement, NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will process and host more than 100T of data that Microsoft will incorporate into the WorldWide Telescope. The data will include imagery from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been sending data since 2006, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which is scheduled to launch this fall.

LRO will spend a year in low orbit around the moon, where it will record surface data from a distance of 30 miles.

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