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Free Drive and Rover Replay

Click a marker to watch Curiosity in action, or choose from the list below.




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REPLAY

Control Curiosity

Bring Curiosity to life by moving the parts highlighted in blue. Click and drag the parts to make the rover's robotic arm, antenna and mast move.

Learn About Curiosity

Mouse over the rover to learn about its components, or choose from the list below.



Pahrump Hills Highlights

Click a marker to learn about highlights in the region, or choose from the list below.



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Welcome to Experience Curiosity

Click the information button in the top right corner to get started.

This application is best viewed in fullscreen, click the button to switch.

About Experience Curiosity

Welcome to Experience Curiosity, a WebGL tool to learn about the Curiosity Rover and its adventures in the Pahrump Hills region of Gale Crater on Mars. Explore the highlights of the Pahrump Hills area, replay some of Curiosity's activities, or take control and use a virtual rover to have a look around.

To best experience this web application, we recommend using one of the following WebGL enabled browsers:

  1. Google Chrome 34+
  2. Mozilla Firefox 31+
  3. Apple Safari 8+
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+ (experimental)

Other browsers may work, but Chrome or Firefox are suggested for a better experience except on iOS where Safari is prefered.

How to Use

Click and drag on the background to rotate the camera view. Use your mouse wheel or pinch the screen to zoom in and out from Curiosity.

From the left panel you can choose your view and explore features of Experience Curiosity.

Free Drive and Rover Replay

Choose Free Drive and Rover Replay to explore the landscape or to watch Curiosity reenact events. For Free Drive, click/tap anywhere in the landscape and Curiosity will drive to that location.

For Rover Replay, choose from the list to select an event and watch Curiosity in action.
You can also click/tap the corresponding markers in the landscape to experience Rover Replay.

Control Curiosity

Choose Control Curiosity to manually operate Curiosity components.
Several rover components will glow to indicate they are operable.
Click/tap an operable component as indicated by the highlighting above. A blue arrow will appear indicating how to maneuver the part. Click/tap and drag to move the part in the indicated direction.

Learn About Curiosity

Choose Learn About Curiosity to learn all about the rover components. Click/tap a component from the list to view a description of that part. Scroll the list to view more components.
You can also click/tap directly on the rover to select a component. The rover component will highlight.

Pahrump Hills Highlights

Choose Pahrump Hills Highlights to explore important sites in the region. Click/tap a location from the list to go there and view an image and description of that site.
You can also click/tap the corresponding markers in the landscape to visit a location.

The right camera panel provides views from various cameras mounted on the rover and is available in all modes except Pahrump Hills Highlights.

Click the left and right arrows to cycle through the seven available camera views. In the Control Curiosity mode, you can also click/tap and drag inside the camera window to control the camera's view.


Tips and Tricks

For more info about Experience Curiosity, tips on how to use the interface, and credits, click the circle "i" icon in the top right.
Click/tap the arrows tab to collapse or expand a panel.


Credits

Project Lead and Art Direction:
Brian Kumanchik

Design:
Brian Kumanchik, Erik Boettcher

Producers:
Kevin Hussey, Stephen Kulczycki

Technical Director:
Doug Ellison

Programming Lead:
Erik Boettcher

3D art:
Brian Kumanchik, Doug Ellison

RKSML Importer/Exporter:
Andrew Boettcher

Copywriters:
Carolina Carnalla-Martinez, Doug Ellison

UI Layout and Design:
Andrea Boeck and Justin Moore (Moore Boeck), Brian Kumanchik

Voice Talent:
Ashwin Vasavada and Jennifer Trosper

3D Engine: Blend4Web

Testers:
Daniel Sedlacko, Henry Kline, Elizabeth Landau, Tony Rice, Joe Kumanchik, Melody Ho, Davit Stepanyan, Whitney Clavin, Alan Buis, Ashwin Vasavada, Grigory Odegov, Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman, Randal Jackson, Holly Shaftel, Brian Morrison, David Mittman, Steven Muckley, Alan Rich, Eric Hambright

Problem While Starting

To best experience this web application, we recommend using one of the following WebGL enabled browsers:

  1. Google Chrome 34+
  2. Mozilla Firefox 31+
  3. Apple Safari 8+
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+ (experimental)

Other browsers may work, but Chrome or Firefox are suggested for a better experience exception on iOS where Safari is prefered. To check if your browser supports WebGL, you can visit https://get.webgl.org.