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Microsoft clearly will go to the ends of the Earth to make sure no Google product goes unanswered. Weeks after the ubiquitous search engine unveiled new up-to-date NASA imagery of our celestial neighbor on Google Mars, Microsoft is touting its own Red planet-snooping pact with the space agency. Under a joint agreement announced …

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Stunning

It's truly breath taking when you zoom into a star and see even more billions of more stars beside it.

Makes me our own little corner feel very small. Is this software perhaps the Beta of the 'Total Perceptive Vortex' ?

P.S.

Some one please get Russell T Grant to look at this and still tell me that humans can fill this?

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And no one cares?

The simple fact that no one noticed Google's version means few will care about this. Plus Google's offering is available on Win, Mac and Lin, so this Windows only affair is sort of limited.

Here's a suggestion to MS: Stop trying to be everyone else. Do what your customers are asking, and leave the other stuff to the people who thought of it.

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streetview?

when can we expect the launch of Google Mars Streetview or will it infringe Martian privacy?

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No thanks

Windows? Sorry, don't use that. Silverlight? No thanks.

The sad thing is Microsoft never does anything without it serving the 'ultimate goal' - getting everyone to use 'Microsoft only' technology. That's also why they make rubbish, because the service they provide is never made with the right goal in mind that would actually make it a good product. Mars? They don't care about Mars or pictures of it, only the fact that you use Windows and Silverlight.

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Web client link

The link to the silverlight web client should be;

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/webclient/

You've just linked to the .png

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That's funny ...

... the 'innovator' who implements a particular technology second doesn't seem as cutting edge as the one who does it first. They could at least have included more planets; Venus would be quite interesting.

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re: "NASA archive rather lacks the web 2.0 touch"

and thank God. These people actually do serious work.

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Re: NASA's Planetary Data System website

"pictures and data available on NASA's Planetary Data Systems website, which as we mentioned above, will scare the pants of anyone not certifiably a geek."

Spot on, Reg.

Re: "and thank God. These people actually do serious work"

Snob.

You can present serious work in a more publicly accessible way without dumbing it down. The NASA site is a nightmare inducing, text bound labyrinth of sci-speak, which you need to know to use the search feature!

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Mars is no Earth

Come on, Google Mars is pretty lame. Anyone can download the orbiter images and make something for viewing the map. Google Earth is vastly more interesting and sophisticated.

Oh, and of course Google Earth followed after Microsoft's Terraserver project.

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