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WorldWide Telescope is a rich Web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories across the world to allow people to easily explore the night sky through their computers.
Press release [microsoft.com]
One challenge I foresee is everytime to want to watch a tour you need to download it one tour was 5mg, this could get pretty hefty on the computer if you get into it.
Very cool idea, will spend some more time trying to get it to work.
Just imagine the quality of education one can get on space from anywhere with an Internet connection. I can't wait to see what they do with it.
The audio ads the extra bonus that you don't get out of the other tool out on the net.
Great move from Microsoft and TED.