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Microsoft, NASA Allow For 3D Shuttle View 84

C|Net reports that a 3D software version of the space shuttle Endeavor is in the works, thanks to a collaboration project between Microsoft and NASA. The Photosynth viewer will allow fans of the space program an unprecedented level of detail in examining the shuttle and its surrounds at the Kennedy Space Center. ""It's much like a 3D video game--people can explore, walk around or fly around the shuttle," said Adam Sheppard, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, which developed the viewer. NASA said that the project could lead to more initiatives with the software giant. Chris Kemp, director of strategic business development at NASA's Ames Research Center, said that, for example, NASA could use the Photosynth technology on future space missions for activities such as inspecting the International Space Station and viewing landing sites on the moon."
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Microsoft, NASA Allow For 3D Shuttle View

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  • Interesting (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ajs318 ( 655362 ) <`sd_resp2' `at' `'> on Monday August 06, 2007 @07:00AM (#20128515)
    As I understand it (I'm a Brit so may not be quite correct) NASA, as a Federal Government entity, are under some sort of mandate that their creations must be released into the Public Domain.

    Does this extend to third parties working for and on behalf of NASA?
  • Remember the XFL (Score:3, Interesting)

    by WED Fan ( 911325 ) <> on Monday August 06, 2007 @09:45AM (#20129389) Homepage Journal

    Remember the fly around stuff the XFL used? They had a ton of cameras stationed around the stadium and then used software to fill in the gaps. It was one of the cool things that came out of that abomination. On playback, they would fly around the scene and you could get a better idea of what the QB or receiver sees.

    Now that they are bringing the technology to the home user this could be really cool, being in control of the fly around.

  • Re:KSC.... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by WED Fan ( 911325 ) <> on Monday August 06, 2007 @10:09AM (#20129583) Homepage Journal

    When would you have time? My Gods, I went there, expecting it to be like the Johnson Space Center, a half day diversion. WRONG. We spent the entire day, I was thoroughly geeked out, spent more at their gift shop than I did in 3 subsequent days at Disney World, and almost as much as we spent in Nassau on the cruise the previous week.

    KSC has got to be one of the best National tours around. The only thing better is the Smithsonian Air and Space, and a close third to the KSC is the museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. All three are full day experiences.

    Did I mention the gift shops?

Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.