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Getting in the Game – Real-time Visualization of Data from Earth, the Solar System and Beyond

Douglas J. Ellison
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA


NASA's program of scientific missions extends from Earth to the planets and even beyond to worlds around distant stars thousands of light-years from home. Whilst much of the engineering and science data behind these missions is made available via the web, the learning curve to see, interpret and understand it has always placed it out of reach for the general public. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has pioneered the use of real time computer game technology to unlock that data and share it with the public via their home computers and mobile devices. What challenges are faced in making complex scientific or engineering concepts accessible to the public? How can a one ton rover landing on the surface of Mars have 800,000 backseat drivers along for the ride? As the world becomes more mobile can our data become mobile too?

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90206 © AAPG Hedberg Conference, Interpretation Visualization in the Petroleum Industry, Houston, Texas, June 1-4, 2014