Apr 1, 2008

Virgle, Google's Mars project

Google just announced project Virgle, a project with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars. According to their blog:
In the years to come, we'll be sending up a series of spaceships carrying (along with the supplies and tools needed to build the new colony) what eventually will be hundreds of Mars colonists, or Virgle Pioneers -- myself among them

Richard Branson is going to be there so make sure you'll be one of the first to apply. They seem to be receiving too many applications now, because I keep getting an error when trying to sign up.

Boy, isn't this a busy day for Google. Today it announced quite some new services: Google Dajare (organizing the world's laughter in Japan), gDay (search web pages 24 hours before they're created in Australia), Google Dialect Translation (translate to/from Standard Korean), Gmail Custom Time (stamp emails in the past), YouTube Rickrolled (featured videos link to Rick Astley's famous song), Google calendar with "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, Google Wake Up Kit (calendar notification option) and Google Docs Airplane (create paper airplanes). More about the entire list of Google April Fool's jokes in 2008.