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Friday, September 30, 2005

Google to team with NASA in space research

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Web search company Google Inc. said on Wednesday it plans to partner with U.S. space agency NASA on space research and to build a new campus at the agency's research centre in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Google and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) said they plan to cooperate on research projects such as large-scale data management, nanotechnology, massively distributed computing and the entrepreneurial space industry.

Massively distributed computing aims to harness via the internet the power of thousands or millions of PCs while their volunteer owners are not using them, putting it to work on large scale research projects such as health or space exploration.

NASA Ames Centre Director G. Scott Hubbard said in a statement that the public-private partnership holds "an enormous range of potential benefits to the space program."

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