A NASA website is working to allow the public to explore the solar system – as they never have been able to before. “Eyes on the Solar System” is a virtual tour of our cosmic neighborhood that has been developed using actual data from NASA’s planetary missions. Guests can explore with such famous names as Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, Cassini – and Curiosity. As the rover prepares for its historic landing, NASA has included a feature that allows viewers to track the MSL rover in real-time.
The website’s motion graphics details where MSL is at that moment. It also projects the rover’s future moments so guests can see what Curiosity will be doing in the future. If they prefer to look at the rover from a different angle – they have that option (the rover can be viewed from almost any angle that they desire). Viewers can travel with Curiosity all the way to Gale crater or watch live.
This interactive program allows viewers to tour the solar system from their computer, soaring over the plains of Mars, traveling through the asteroids and above the rings of Saturn. It’s up to you. You control space and time.
AmericaSpace and The Mars Society have partnered to provide in-depth coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” to Mars. Stay tuned for regular updates as AmericaSpace correspondents Craig Covault and Frank O’Brien travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for live coverage.