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WWT is an online program that pulls together images from across space and which lets users use their computer screens to traverse the universe.
Conversion of the information into the WWT format Tessellated Octahedral Adaptive Subdivision Transform (TOAST), allows the data to be viewed in both the WWT client and a newly developed Silverlight version of the client that supports multiple platforms, while other clients can also implement TOAST. The WWT is a freely downloadable Windows client application.

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Open source tools to make WWT Format Data Open Source
In an agreement between NASA and Microsoft to put imagery of Mars and the Moon onto the  WorldWide Telescope,  NASA is to convert its data into a Microsoft format, but will make the conversion code available under an open source license.

NASA seems to be seeking a middle ground in its Microsoft agreement, based on the newly disclosed contract language. The details are laid out in an "umbrella" agreement (PDF, 24 pages); and a related contract, known as an "annex" (PDF, 6 pages).
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WorldWide Telescope version 2.2.41.1
WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope.

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The WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit January 2009 release is a project from Microsoft Research designed to catalyse the production and integration of a higher volume of content into WorldWide Telescope. Available as a free download, the kit is set up to permit the conversion of astronomical content (be it digital images or information) into a format that can play nice with the WorldWide Telescope. In this regard, Microsoft has bundled a total of two tools into the WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit January 2009 release, namely the WWT SphereToaster Tool and the WWT StudyChopper Tool.

"The WWT SphereToaster Tool enables users to provide images in an equirectangular format that covers all or part of the inside or outside of a sphere. This includes, for example, cylindrical projections of panoramas and all-sky surveys. SphereToaster converts these to a different projection system - the TOAST system, currently unique to WWT - and then stores an image pyramid of the resulting TOAST-projected image. The tool also produces thumbnails and WTML files" - Dan Fay, director, Technical Computing North America.

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WorldWide Telescope, a public beta from Microsoft Research, enables anybody with a Web connection to browse through the universe, to explore distant galaxies, and to dance among the stars.

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Microsoft Indonesia and the Ministry of Research and Technology handed over the package of star-gazing software and hardware called Worldwide Telescope to the Boscha Observatorium in Bandung on Thursday.
Worldwide Telescope, developed by Microsoft, allows users to "pan" across outer space and zoom as far into any one area as allowed by data taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and 10 earth-bound telescopes.

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Just as space telescopes are getting better and better, so are the telescopes you can download onto your computer over the Internet. The software packages are becoming more and more like video games, letting you zoom out from Earth to explore a 3-D universe - while keeping the science rock-solid enough for professional astronomers to use.
Microsoft Research has made a splash in the past couple of weeks with the "Autumnal Equinox Beta" release of its WorldWide Telescope. (Microsoft is a partner in the msnbc.com joint venture.)

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Soon in the next month the WorldWide Telescope will also allow users to get their own astronomical data and images into WorldWide Telescope format, and to produce WTML files - the XML format that WWT uses, and allowing them to set up their own WWT Communities online.

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since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data centres host all of the data for WWT and that the actual Earth in WWT are Virtual Earth tiles? Well, now you do.

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Think of it as a virtual starship. A classroom without walls, whose limits are the edges of the universe. A bit hyperbolic, maybe, but for amateur astronomers Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope (WWT) lives up to the hype.

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