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...

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