Posted June 5, 2008 9:32 am by with 10 comments

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With the ubiquity of new "Google killers" you’d think that building a search engine wasn’t exactly rocket science. Well, actually, it is. So Google has signed a 40-year lease for a 1.2 million-square-foot campus at the NASA Ames Research Center.

It seems Google needs the space for more than just parking its 767 jet plane.

The NASA deal sets Google’s initial rent for 42.2 acres of land at $3.66 million per year. Google didn’t estimate how much it would cost to build the new campus, which will begin construction in 2013 and will include some housing for employees. Google expects to start the final phase of the campus in 2022.

How’s that for confidence? Google expects to be a fully functioning death star search engine for at least the next 14 years!

So, how many rocket scientists does it take to keep Google growing? Who knows, but Google will be in a prime location to recruit them.

Google hopes the location of its new offices will make it easier to draw on the brain power of NASA’s rocket scientists and give it another competitive advantage over its rivals.