Sunday, September 10, 2006

Explore Mars (A Little) Now

I found a very cool Mars-related web site the other day,, but unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned in 2003. I didn't notice this until I had looked around for a while, found a page for signing up as a member (promising access to additional content), and paid for a one year membership ($15) with PayPal. Oops. Read the fine print before signing up for something. Oh well.

It's still a cool if limited site to explore. You can't really explore Mars, but you can explore a detailed and pretty realistic interactive model of a Mars Direct-like "hab" that has landed on Mars, and the graphics and the interactive "walk through" of the various parts of the spacecraft are quite nicely done (red highlights indicate transitions/doors). There are also many mouse-active "hot spots" (yellow highlights) that display pop-up text boxes explaining the selected object. NOTE: Interactive features would only work for me in Internet Explorer, not in Firefox.

This site appears to have won some awards back in 2002-2003 and it really is a great start on an interactive Mars exploration site. It sounds like they just ran out of development funds, though someone is obviously still hosting it. They should leave it up but deactivate the membership stuff. So go have a look around, but don't get carried away and pay to sign up like I did!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This site looks very familiar. I think I ran into it a year or so ago after getting the link off of someone's blog (probably Clark Lindsey's). It's a very visually interesting website, although abit heavy-handed on the flash (btw, I've been able to access the site with firefox - on a Sun workstation no less).

It's a shame it's not been updated recently. Oh well, at the very least, it may serve as a good example for how to provide a very accessible introduction to the topic of future space exploration.

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