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Google Campus at NASA

Google to build 'sprawling campus' at NASA

     
12:32 am on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google & NASA News Article [sfgate.com]

Good to see that this company of only 10 years or so can be such a help to the National Space Agency which has been around for much, much longer.

12:59 am on Sept 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1:26 am on Sept 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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To me this (leasing 1 *million* sq ft of new office space) signals that Google will continue to expand into new areas well beyond their core competence of search software.

According to the article, Google is sitting on $7 billion of cash, so they have the financial clout to try out new ventures and see which ones have wings.

The NASA Ames research park is marketed as the research center for nanotechnology, supercomputing, astrobiology and satellite design, so perhaps some of the new ventures will touch nanotechnology or perhaps astrobiology in relation to supercomputing?

2:03 am on Sept 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One of the most talked about NASA- and Google- rleated projects over the past few years has been Sergey's interest in a space elevator [google.com].

Now, that's a bit farfetched to me, but as a kid who had to take the day of sick from school whenenver any Mercury mission was being launched -- in order to watch it on television -- I've just got to love the possibilities. This is in every great book by every great Sci-Fi writer in to 50s and 60s.

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Related press release from NASA

[www1.nasa.gov...]

1:15 pm on Sept 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The BBC's take on things:

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

The world is not enough for Google imo.
Space is their next frontier. Bad pun not intended.