An online virtual reality universe that has grown to involve hundreds
of thousands of users with over 1000 unique worlds.
Included in this VR universe is a whole Mars world with spaceports and
"Originally designed in 1997 as a demo project for NASA, the virtual
world Mars has been open for colonization by Active Worlds' residents
since 1998; and is one of the more popular hang outs for adventurous
humans and extra-terrestrials alike." - Mars tour homepage.
The independent site Elysium
Mars gives overview of the Mars world, including a map,
description of the spaceports,
and recommended sites.
AstroArts - Online
AstroArts is a Japanese site with
lots of astronomy related information, links and resources. This page
includes several astronomy programs including sunrise/sunset calculator,
Moon calendar, Planisphere and Orbit viewers for comets & asteroids.
- Solar System
The BBC Online offers a large and sophisticated space
site concerning the planets and general space exploration related
Canaveral Air Station Virtual Tour
Tour rocket history at the museum of the Cape Canaveral Air Station.
CNN has a large collection of online interactive space programs including
360 degree panoramas and Virtual Reality.
See, for example, the Sit
in the shuttle commander's seat, Hubble
visualization and the Mars
Sojourner. See also panoramas at the
John Glenn IPIX Archive.
Space is a big CNN section on the Int. Space Station. Lots of images,
and VR models.
CNN also maintains a nice site dedicated to the Mars Pathfinder CNN
- Destination Mars with several interactive demonstrations.
Observatory - NASA
Very nice educational site about earth observation. The Observation Deck
section allows you to build animations showing changes on the earth
as since from space over long periods. For example, look at the changes
Global Surveyor VRML
See various virtual reality models created by animation for the Mars
Space Station Virtual Environment Models
Use VR animations with a VRML plugin to explore the Space Station and its
MSNBC, which offers a daily spacenews
page, provides several space online interaction programs such as:
The space shuttle’s transporter, International
Space Station Model and the Space Gallery, which opens a special viewer
with several interactive productions.
York Times - Exploring the Solar System
These pages at the NYT (free registration to NYT site required) provide
lots of info about the planets, the Sun and other components of our solar
system. Including are some interactive programs (download of a plug-in
needed) that display:
in Space / Guardians.com
As part of the European Guardians
of the Millenium projects, this space site offers interactive pages
station simulator, Mars
explorer, and more.
National Geographic Interactive Space
Virtual Solar System - 3-D views in a "fly-by tour of the
sun and each planet in its orbit, observe close-up views of the planets,
extraterrestrial weather patterns, and more."
to Mars : Numerous 3-D panorama simulations of the Mars Pathfinder
mission to Mars.
Mouse: Mars Atlas
Explore the surface of Mars with this interactive atlas.
Great simulator available from JPL that will display all sorts of info about
the solar system and the probes sent out to explore it.
The Space Educators Handbook
provides NASA stories presented in a Classic Comics style.
Library Quicktime Virtual Reality
See these VR panoramas at Dave Seal/JPL's Space
History, images, and VR simulations such as the
Johnson Space Center QTVR. Use Quicktime VR to explore the JSC
mission control rooms, Space Station module, shuttle flight deck and more.
The VSM provides VR models of various Russian and Soviet spacecraft.