NASA and Microsoft Corp. have announced plans to make planetary images and data available via the internet under a Space Act Agreement, reports Through this project, NASA and Microsoft jointly will develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the most interesting NASA content–including high-resolution scientific images and data from Mars and the moon–explorable on WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft’s online virtual telescope for exploring the universe. "Making NASA’s scientific and astronomical data more accessible to the public is a high priority for NASA, especially given the new administration’s recent emphasis on open government and transparency," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington…

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