In another sign of Google's monstrous growth, it has signed a 40-year agreement to lease 42.2 acres of unimproved land at the NASA Ames Research Center adjacent to the Googleplex to expand.
It will add up to 1.2 million square feet of space to its 2 million-square-foot campus, reports InformationWeek. Annual lease payments will be $3.66 million.
Google has been cozy with NASA since 2005, when the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding about future collaboration. Google also pays NASA $1.3 million a year to land its executives' two Boeing 767s and at least two Gulfstream Vs on its airstrip.
Among its many amenities offered to employees -- dining, sports, fitness, child care, conference and parking facilities -- this project also calls for some employee housing, reports The New York Times. The company calls it just another way to attract the best and brightest, but it sounds just like the company towns of old.