NASA updates “Eyes on the Solar System” visualization tool

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NASA has released a massive update to its “Eyes on the Solar System(Opens in a new window)visualization tool.

“Over two years in the making, the update offers better controls, improved navigation, and a host of new opportunities to learn more about our incredible corner of the cosmos – no spacesuit required,” said the agency.(Opens in a new window). “All you need is a device with an internet connection.”

NASA says the browser-based visualization tool allows users to “rotate objects, compare them side-by-side, and even modulate perspective as well as lighting” in addition to exploring interactive simulations of missions undertaken by Voyager(Opens in a new window)Perseverance(Opens in a new window)and other spacecraft.

Eyes on the Solar System can be used to “track the trajectories of spacecraft and celestial bodies as far back as 1949 and as far into the future as 2049,” according to the agency, with a variety of options related to how the subject is observed. and on what time scale the simulation operates.

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“The beauty of the new ‘Eyes on the Solar System’ browser is that it really invites exploration,” Jet Propulsion Laboratory(Opens in a new window) software producer Jason Craig said in a statement. “You just need an internet connection, a device with a web browser, and some curiosity.”

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