[sarex] NASA, Microsoft Launch Collaboration With Immersive Photography
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Mon Aug 6 13:32:21 PDT 2007
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>> Aug. 6, 2007
>> Allard Beutel
>> Headquarters, Washington
>> allard.beutel at nasa.gov
>> Jonas Dino
>> Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
>> jdino at mail.arc.nasa.gov
>> Kathy Gill
>> Microsoft Live Labs, Redmond, Wash.
>> grey.hautaluoma-1 at nasa.gov
>> NASA, MICROSOFT LAUNCH COLLABORATION WITH IMMERSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
>> WASHINGTON - On Monday, NASA and Microsoft Corporation of Redmond,
>> Wash., released an interactive, 3-D photographic collection of the
>> space shuttle Endeavour preparing for its upcoming mission to the
>> International Space Station. Endeavour is scheduled to launch from
>> NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6:36
>> p.m. EDT.
>> For the first time, people around the world can view hundreds of high
>> resolution photographs of Endeavour, Launch Pad 39A, and the Vehicle
>> Assembly Building at Kennedy in a unique 3-D viewer. NASA and
>> Microsoft's Live Labs team developed the online experience using
>> hundreds of photographs and a photo imaging technology called
>> Photosynth. Using a click-and-drag interface, viewers can zoom in to
>> see intimate details of the shuttle booster rockets or zoom out for a
>> more global view of the launch facility. The software uses
>> photographs from standard digital cameras to construct a 3-D view
>> that can be navigated and explored online. The NASA images can be
>> viewed at Microsoft's Live Labs at:
>> "This collaboration with Microsoft gives the public a new way to
>> explore and participate in America's space program," said William
>> Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations,
>> Washington. "We're also looking into using this new technology to
>> support future missions."
>> "With Photosynth, we take pictures of an environment and knit them
>> together into an experience that people can move through like a 3-D
>> video game," said Microsoft Live Labs Architect Blaise Aguera y
>> Arcas. "NASA provided us with some outstanding images, and the result
>> is an experience that will wow anyone wanting to get a closer look at
>> NASA's missions."
>> The NASA collections were created in collaboration between
>> Microsoft's Live Lab, Kennedy and NASA's Ames Research Center,
>> Moffett Field, Calif.
>> "We see potential to use Photosynth for a variety of future mission
>> activities, from inspecting the International Space Station and the
>> Hubble Space Telescope to viewing landing sites on the moon and
>> Mars," said Chris C. Kemp, director of Strategic Business Development
>> at Ames.
>> Photosynth was created in collaboration between Microsoft and the
>> University of Washington. The software combines hundreds or thousands
>> of regular digital photos of a scene to present a detailed 3-D model
>> of a subject, giving viewers the sensation of smoothly gliding around
>> the scene from every angle. A collection can be constructed using
>> photos from a single source or multiple sources. The NASA Photosynth
>> collection also includes the return of the space shuttle Atlantis to
>> the Kennedy Shuttle Landing Facility from Edwards Air Force Base,
>> Calif., in July.
>> Microsoft Live Labs is an applied research organization focused on
>> the incubation of innovative, Internet technologies to improve and
>> accelerate the next evolution of Microsoft's Internet products and
>> For more information about space shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission,
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