Students can get a one-of-a-kind look at the Red Planet through this new interactive web site from NASA. The space program’s Earth Observing System provides students, scientists, and space enthusiasts alike with some of the first three-dimensional images captured by NASA’s “Spirit” and “Opportunity” rovers and beamed back to Earth in the early phases of this monumental exploration. Using technology from Skyline Software Systems Inc., a provider of 3D visualization software and web-based interactive 3D “fly-through” technology, students can take a 360-degree tour documenting the exact terrain and geography where the modules touched down at Meridiani Planum, Mars. Visitors to the site also can get live updates on the progress of the exploration, with details about the latest findings and significant discoveries. Organizers say the goal of the project is to engage students in real-life science exploration and promote increased student achievement through interactivity.

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