stand in the Astronauts bootprints and look around the Lunar Surface in 360 degrees
(PRWEB) June 17, 2010
With the cancellation of NASA's Constellation program it is uncertain if we will ever go back to the Moon, and even less certain if we will ever visit Mars, so two websites allow users to visit both from their PC
Moonpans.com is a site dedicated to Lunar Panoramas captured by the Apollo Astronauts when they visited the Moon between 1969-1972 and allows visitors to stand in the Astronauts bootprints and look around the Lunar Surface in 360 degrees.
All visitors need is the Quicktime plugin and a mouse! Once a movie is loaded just click the mouse on the terrain and drag it around while keeping the button pressed
High quality Apollo panoramic prints are also available, and in very limited quantities actually hand signed by the Apollo Astronauts. These are highly collectible and due to moonpans working directly with the Apollo Astronauts, unquestionably authentic.
In recent years Moonpans.com has also become a major dealer in items actually flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Items such as flags, coins and checklists pages used during the missions are available archivally framed.
Marspans.com is a site dedicated to the Martian panoramas that have been captured by the two Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The 360 degree panoramas are available as interactive QTVR panoramas and to purchase as High Quality Photographic Prints.
For nearly 6 years, two Mars Exploration Rovers have been busy exploring the Martian surface, and capturing hundreds of photographs. Many of the photos were part of a series of panoramas which when assembled together make a full 360 degree panoramic image.
Marspans.com gives visitors an astronauts eye view of standing on the surface of Mars .
The two Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity have far outlived their expected longevity making them one of the most successful missions in NASA’s history and are still active today and returning photos and panoramas.
At Marspans.com visitors can view these panoramas as interactive 360 degree QTVR panoramas, which allow them to look around the Martian landscape as if they were actually there. All they need to do is ensure they have the Quicktime plugin, then once the movie loads just click and drag their mouse around the image to pan around in 360 degrees
There is also an option to buy the panoramas as very high quality photographic prints, up to 90 inches wide.
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