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Access Mars

On November 26, 2011, the Curiosity rover launched into space, where it traveled millions of miles (over a period of months) to land on Mars. Access Mars invites readers along for the journey, "let[ting] you explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity rover." NASA scientists created this realistic browsing model using photographs collected by the rover. The model invites viewers to "learn," "move," and "travel." As visitors explore the site, they will encounter a series of pinpoints with background information and photographs. The map icon in the model allows users to jump to new landing sites and terrain. Visitors can navigate the site with their mouse and keyboard (using the arrow keys). Access Mars is a WebVR Experiment made in collaboration with Google and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Readers can learn more about the creation process on the About page.
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