Wednesday, March 27, 2013

JPL: Spacecraft 3D for Mobile Devices

A week or so ago I was at a teacher workshop at Framingham State's McAuliffe Challenger Center where schools can simulate a Mars mission and view the galaxy's star system with their planetarium; all around awesome place.

At one point I was checking out their life size model of a Mars rover and it was at this moment my mind was blown. After looking at the physical model, one of the Challenger staff showed me an mobile app called Spacecraft 3D. This program allows you to visualize virtual 3-D models of space technologies such as the Curiosity Rover or Hubble Telescope. In addition to augmented reality awesomeness, there are animated features and product backgrounds. Great tool for exploring space-related content, and I can't wait to see this virtual technology in other subjects such as anatomy or cell biology.