NASA uses Google Earth for mission planning (video)

(By pio dal cin) I did not know that +NASA  used +Google Earth  for mission planning. Robots and humans are teaming up for best results.Here is what +Google  people had to say about this. Watch the video and enjoy this technology that is getting us in outer space aswell as getting us to know better how our Planet is all about.

On "quote" the writing as it appears on the about section by the +YouTube  video provided here

"Published on Mar 27, 2013
Google Tech Talk
March 12, 2013
NASA: The Exploration Ground Data System (xGDS). Reusable Software Tools for Human and Robotic Missions

Presented by Matt Deans, Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames


Did you know that NASA uses Google Earth for mission planning and real-time mission operations? Are you curious about the software NASA is developing to carry out future human and robot missions? Would you like to know how modern Web frameworks can be used for data-driven field science?

The Exploration Ground Data System (xGDS) is a suite of reusable software tools for human and robotic missions. xGDS supports mission planning, ingesting and managing geo-referenced and time-series data, and visualization/analysis. xGDS is highly modular, Web-based and makes extensive use of Apache, Django, the Google Earth plug-in, JQuery, and

In this talk, I will discuss the use cases that xGDS was designed to support and describe how it is implemented. I will show how the Intelligent Robotics Group has used xGDS for exploration missions involving astronauts (Arizona), planetary rovers (Canada and Hawaii), and personal submarines (British Columbia and Florida). And, I'll briefly talk about how xGDS can be used for other applications, such as crisis and disaster response."
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