You know, it's pretty popular right now to have these 3-D virtual reality games where you can walk around or sometimes fly around.
Michael So, we did Mars first because, prior to joining Google we actually both, Noel and I, wrote software for NASA Mars missions and, we actually started the original Google Mars which is a, a Web site before we came to Google.
We called Google up and asked them if we could make it, basically.
"Users visiting are now being redirected to hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong,” chief legal officer David Drummond wrote.
China requires Internet service providers to censor words and images that the ruling Communist Party says are illegal or unacceptable.
Michael Mars in Google Earth actually has imagery that I helped create and that Noel helped create.
We both worked on the Themis camera on board Mars Odyssey and there's a global infrared map of Mars, both a daytime and a nighttime map, that lets you see what the planet would look like if your eyes could see in infrared.Noel Gorelick, Lead Engineer, Mars in Google Earth Prior to coming to Google, I worked on seven Mars missions and the Cassini mission to Saturn, for Arizona State University as a NASA contractor.Noel Pretty much anything that involved a computer on the ground for those missions, that were based at ASU, I was the lead for.Questions left unanswered The open letter raised several questions about what content the Chinese government required Google to self-censor.“Aside from sex, violence, and gambling, what else was included?“We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services,” Drummond wrote, adding that the company would continue monitoring accessibility in China and posting the results daily.