Virtual Tour of a NASA Facility to See Where It All Happens
Students can take a 360-degree virtual tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology. Through the virtual tour, students can explore key areas of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including Mission Control, the Spacecraft Assembly facility, and the Visitor Center and Auditorium. The Mission Control Room, JPL’s Space Flight Operations Facility, has been in continuous operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since 1964. It is from this room that many of JPL’s missions have been controlled, and it is where the heart of NASA’s Deep Space Network resides. In 1985, the building was designated as a National Historic Monument.
Students can also visit the Mission Shop where they will see a machinist at a lathe. The shop has about 25 highly skilled machinists with many years of experience work using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) software to program the machines and ensure quality. JPL’s Visitors Center is organized according to our Solar System, starting with the Sun. Students can check out the models of Pathfinder’s Sojourner, Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and Galileo. They’ll also find other hidden treasures, such as a real Moon rock.
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“Gettysburg: A Nation Divided” is an augmented reality mobile application by QuantumERA designed to teach users about the Battle of Gettysburg. Using interactive technology, users travel back in time to July 1, 1863, to explore the story of the turning point of the American Civil War.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The Academy Museum’s mobile app for iOS and Android provides an immersive experience that connects users to the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking.