During 2006, Google setup some engineering operations in Tempe, Arizona. In early 2007, Google strengthened its Arizona ties by joining the Tucson-headquartered LSST project."In 2003, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Research Corporation, The University of Arizona, and the University of Washington formed the LSST Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)3 Arizona corporation, with headquarters in Tucson, AZ."
The LSST is going to collect massive quantities of data that Google is going to help turn into information."Scheduled to begin operations in 2013, the 8.4-meter LSST will be able to survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week with its three-billion pixel digital camera, probing the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and opening a movie-like window on objects that change or move rapidly: exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids as small as 100 meters, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects."
Quote from William Coughran, Google VP of Engineering: "Google's mission is to take the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
The decade-long LSST sky survey will generate "over 30 thousand gigabytes of images every night."
There was a blog posting about Google joining the LSST project that prompted me to comment.AzCentral.com::PluggedIn::Biz360 "Google, UA work on massive telescope" 01/08/2007 06:34:50 Comment from: Gerald8100 01/08/07 @ 17:59 Thank You for posting about this. Once again Google is demonstrating what it means to be a 21st century informatics company. It is excellent that a project like the LSST is headquartered in Arizona.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 06 January 2007