SEATTLE (Reuters) - Any Star Trek fan knows that space travel is not always easy, but Microsoft wants to make travelling the "final frontier" as simple as turning on your computer.
The world's largest software maker launched a free software application called WorldWide Telescope on Monday that allows everyone from space novices to astronomy professors to easily explore galaxies, star systems and distant planets.
The WorldWide Telescope stitches together 12 terabytes -- the data equivalent of 2.6 billion pages of text -- of pictures from sources including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
The experience is similar to playing a video game, allowing users to zoom in and out of galaxies that are thousands of light years away. It allows seamless viewing of far-away star systems and rarely-seen space dust in breathtaking clarity....
Ah, nice Gates and Co., does something with all of that money from the Windows operating system, now I could think of some use of that extra money I had to pay for that overpriced operating system, but Microsoft and Gates in their "infinite wisdom" spent it on this. People might as well make use of it.