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Explore the Solar System with NASA's 'Eyes on the Solar System'   Explore the Solar System with NASA's 'Eyes on the Solar System'
By Salar Golestanian @ 13 Sep 2011 :: Article Rating
 
"Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. I have a 5 years old son and when I showed this to him - It was difficult to end the demo and it was well passed his bed time by the time he went to sleep. With this one can explore the cosmos from their computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.



Ride along with Juno on its long journey to Jupiter where it will try to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter and our solar system. Learn about the science, the spacecraft, and the mission with this 3-D interactive. You can take taken the tour by Jumping in and start exploring the Solar System on your own. Keep checking back for new features, tours and news. Just like the universe, "Eyes on the Solar System" is an expanding platform.

Please go ahead and try the Eyes on the Solar System app, which first requires a download of the Unity Web Player for Mac and PC. Once you’ve done that, you can fly around beautifully produced models of all the planets, asteroids and the Sun. Or you can enter custom modules created by NASA that highlight missions such as Juno, the recently launched probe that’s currently on a five-year mission to Jupiter.

According to NASA:
“This is the first time the public has been able to see the entire solar system and our missions moving together in real time,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “It demonstrates NASA’s continued commitment to share our science with everyone.”

You can even keep tabs on the current locations of NASA spacecraft, with the help of NASA’s actual mission data. Don’t forget to click the Full Screen button for the full effect. This app is certainly competing well with what is coming out of Google Labs.


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