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« on: August 08, 2012, 02:19:11 PM »

Given the type of people that frequent the boards here, I assume I can't be the only one here that can appreciate this.

NASA has a produced a Java based 3D solar system simulator that you can access via your browser at http://eyes.nasa.gov

The simulator will let you move back and forth through time and view the planets, planetoids, moons, comets and spacecraft (oh, and the sun) as they move through the solar system.

You can zoom in on the ISS and watch as it orbits earth or

Set the time to Aug 12, 10:00:00.0 PM (Pacific) and zoom in on the Mars Science Lab (MSL) and you can watch over the next 20 minutes as the MSL separates from its cruise stage, enters Mars atmosphere, maneuvers and deploys ballast, drops its chute, drops the heat shield, breaks away from the chute and makes powered flight to the surface of Mars before the Sky Crane launches itself away from Curiosity and crashes safely on the surface of Mars some distance away.

I have lost at least 2 hours, approaching 3, exploring the planets and spacecraft orbiting our sun.  My apologies to anyone else who may be destined to lose time to this application as well.
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 03:32:22 PM »

yeah,  i was using that the night of the curiosity landing...
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 05:03:12 PM »

Ahh, that was an awesome night of lost sleep. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 08:44:24 PM »

 Cry

My computer is pitching a fit about Java - which is both installed and enabled - and so I can't watch right now.  Will have to move to the top of the list of things to fix.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012, 12:07:21 AM »

Thank you very much! Bookmarked.
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012, 01:39:48 AM »

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My computer is pitching a fit about Java - which is both installed and enabled - and so I can't watch right now.  Will have to move to the top of the list of things to fix.

Yea, it gave me some troubles, too.  I had to update to the latest Java version and then I had to give it permission to load the application.  It was asking me at the top of my browser to give it permission and I completely missed it initially.  I think it asked me through half a dozen page loads before I saw it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012, 08:06:36 PM »

Got it to work.  My boys spent all morning moving through the solar system.
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