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Nov172009

“Be a Martian”: NASA and Microsoft’s interactive ‘citizen-science’ web service to explore Red Planet via browser

Built on Microsoft cloud services technologies “Windows Azure platform, using Silverlight and ‘Dallas,’”, NASA’s interactive “citizen-science” Web service lets anyone explore Red Planet up close, while also contributing to Mars missions. That’s because NASA’s launching a new citizen-science website called “Be a Martian,” that let people explore Red Planet. Site visitors view images, can pan, zoom and explore planet through images from Mars landers, roving explorers and orbiting satellites dating from 1960s to present. The site’s also designed as a game with a twofold purpose: NASA and Microsoft hope it’ll spur interest in science and technology among students in U.S. and around world. It also is a “crowdsourcing” tool designed to tap visitors’ brains and help space agency process volumes of Mars images, announced.

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