NASA's using .NET to build some amazing software.
I was blown away by Microsoft Mappoint's ability to zoom out to space and zoom into a thumbtack showing my address. NASA World Wind is better (when it works). I can see my house now. :) It's around a 250MB download, and it recommends 2GB disk space, but it pretty much gives you your own weather channel builder, satellite image browser, terrain mapper, etc.
Some guys I went to high school with were trying to map the world with C++ but it kept crashing the top computer in the school at the time - a 486/33 DX. Wonder if they're working for NASA now?