Totally Gnarly! Viewing Our Solar System in 3-D
Hop an asteroid, get up close to a satellite and see the ENTIRE Solar System move in real time or see it move in four days per second with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System. It’s a pretty cool 3-D look at the universe compiled with real NASA mission data. The program, compatible on most operating systems (Windows and Mac OS X are okay but sorry Linux users, you’re out of luck right now), looks at 100 years in space from 1950 to 2050. Doug Ellison, Visualization Producer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of Unmannedspaceflight.com, introduced the website to participants of the Nov. 25 NASA Tweetup at Kennedy Space Center.
New iPhone App “Earth Now” Coming Soon
Wouldn’t ya feel pretty powerful if you could hold the whole world in the palm of your hand? True, you can do it now with Google Earth on your smartphone but in the next couple of weeks (maybe sooner!), Ellison told the group NASA will release an iPhone application called “Earth Now.” See the Earth in real-time and view scientific data in action such as concentrations of carbon dioxide emissions. I don’t have a specific launch date other than “next couple of weeks.”
NASA has incredible data and uses it for the good of humanity. Later in the day, Lori Garver, the space agency’s Deputy Administrator, reminded us of NASA’s global reach with its scientific data. She gave an example of preventing the spread of disease with this information and said, “We know when to tell people in Africa to put up their nets to prevent them from getting malaria.”
Not sure about you but that’s pretty powerful. If you have a minute or so, visit Eyes on the Solar System (you’ll need to download the Unity 3-D plug-in) and surf our amazing solar system. There are helpful tutorials narrated by Ellison to assist in navigating the solar system.