The Bing logo was recently spotted gracing the side of a rocket ship at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. No, itâ€™s not the start of some inter-galactic advertising campaign for Microsoftâ€™s new search engine, it was the result of a new partnership with an imagery company called DigitalGlobe. Last week, the company was launching a new WorldView-2 satellite on a Delta II rocket, the results of which will be an increased amount of imagery for Virtual Earth and Bing Maps.
In conjunction with the satelliteâ€™s launch, the Bing Team announced the launch of Mission: 10000 Rockets, a program for schoolchildren which aims to teach them about rockets and rocketry. Theyâ€™re asking 1000 students to submit the rocket design of the future and send it in to them. Then, a panel of scientists from across the U.S. will judge the designs and pick winners whose rockets will be turned into 3-D models. Also, all 1000 drawings will be made into a book whose sales proceeds will be given back to the schools. In addition, eight of the participating schools will be chosen at random to receive $5000 each.