Vint and Peter Norvig of Google have both done a lot to further the cause of space exploration, which I'm all for as well, but I really don't know enough about what exactly they are doing. Peter alluded briefly to Google's work with space data in his talk at UAI 2005, but aside from learning that Google has a deal with NASA Ames Research Center to provide "large-scale data management, massively distributed computing, bio-info-nano convergence and encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry", I don't know much more.
Is anyone reading this working on either of the above projects? Familiar with them? Aware of them and interested? I'll report what I find out, if there is interest.