Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) are competing for who has more data and imagery of outer space. Last month Google revealed Mars 3D and now Microsoft released data of their own of the planet Mars on their WorldWide Telescope software.
Through another agreement that Microsoft made with NASA, the software giant now has access to over 100 terabytes of data (20,000 DVDs) from the Ames Research Center. Ames is based in Mountain View, California and is physically located next to Google’s headquarters. Microsoft previously used 3D images in their Photosynth software from the Kennedy Space Center.