Google’s 20% program, which allows employees to devote one fifth of their work time on the projects that inspire them the most, has yielded some fun and interesting projects. For instance, a cloud-controlled Android robot. The latest major project to sprout from 20% is called Liquid Galaxy: a system that runs Google Earth across multiple machines and monitors for a truly immersive experience.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is currently hosting Liquid Galaxy as part of its Moving Beyond Earth exhibit, which allows museum goers and space enthusiasts interaction with the impressive gear. The installation first turned up in Google offices around the world and is now available to the general public, free of charge.
The attraction employs touch screens and a 3D mouse, which the experiencer manipulates from a podium. Mars, Earth, and the Moon are yours to explore. Liquid Galaxy is part of the Mars Day! event, which is taking place today. If you’re near the nation’s Capital and love exploration, now is a great time to check out the Air and Space Museum.