Yes, it's true that NASA and Google are hooking up to work on future projects, and Google will even have its own base on NASA territory. But I found it interesting the way the union is described in the press release. No need to re-write, or explain the deal. Hear it from the horses' mouth, especially the parts I underlined. Excerpt:
NASA Ames Research Center, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, and Mountain View-based Google Inc. today announced plans to collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities that will couple some of Earth's most powerful technology resources.
NASA and Google have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas, including large-scale data management, massively distributed computing, bio-info-nano convergence, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry. The MOU also highlights plans for Google to develop up to one million square feet within the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field.
"Our planned partnership presents an enormous range of potential benefits to the space program," said NASA Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard. "Just a few examples are new sensors and materials from collaborations on bio-info-nano convergence, improved analysis of engineering problems as well as Earth, life and space science discoveries from supercomputing and data mining, and bringing entrepreneurs into the space program. While our joint efforts will benefit both organizations, the real winner will be the American public," he added.
I can only imagine what "Earth's most powerful technology resources" will develop in the future. GoogleNanotech?, GoogleRobots?, GoogleBiotech?, GoogleSpacecrafts?...Google...?