NASA takes visitors on an interactive tour of its first 50 years of exploration

August 2nd, 2008 - 1:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, August 2 (ANI): To commemorate NASAs 50th anniversary of the signing of the space act that created the agency, it has released a fascinating multimedia experience that takes visitors on an interactive tour of its first five decades of exploration.

Combining current and historic video with state-of-the-art computer animation, the virtual exhibit takes a Worlds Fair approach to NASA history, featuring pavilions that host each decade of the agencys challenges and achievements.

Visitors will get unique insight into NASAs activities over the years, including a wide range of exploration and research initiatives, and a glimpse into the future.

Were very excited to have people come and take a look at NASAs history, said Brian Dunbar, NASAs Internet services manager at Headquarters in Washington.

Weve been able to take a wide range of material and weave it into a virtual tour that allows people to explore at their own pace, he added.

The exhibits host is an animated robot named Automa, who will guide visitors through their journey.

Also assisting everyone throughout their tour are important historic and cultural figures of the past 50 years of aerospace history, including astronauts, presidents, astronomers, and other popular icons associated with NASAs history.

For example, in the 1970s pavilion, visitors will see a presentation of NASAs Voyager and Viking missions hosted by an avatar of the late astronomer Carl Sagan, complete with excerpts from his popular television series Cosmos.

Were making our first real foray into animation, said David Mould, associate administrator for public affairs, Headquarters, Washington.

It represents a new communications medium for us and we have been fortunate to get the support of a lot of people that has enabled us to include some recognizable historic figures as part of this interactive commemoration, he added. (ANI)

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