Experience Curiosity

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Experience Curiosity is an interactive web application developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to celebrate the third anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars.[1] This 3D serious game[2] makes it possible to operate the rover, control its cameras and the robotic arm and reproduces some of the prominent events of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.[3][4] The application was presented at the beginning of the WebGL section at SIGGRAPH 2015.[5]

According to Brian Kumanchik, the lead and art director behind the project, the development team used exclusively open-source software including Blender and GIMP for creating 3D content, particularly due to public accessibility of open source formats. The Blend4Web framework was chosen as a 3D engine which is integrated with Blender, includes a physics engine and provides rendering in mobile browsers.[6]

Experience Curiosity won the Webby Award as the best "Government & Civil Innovation" website of 2016.[7][8] The 5-word speech at the award ceremony was Rockin' and Rovin' on Mars, voiced by NASA's representative Brian Kumanchik.[9]

In 2018, the application was ported to Verge3D (Blend4Web's successor), with the goal to improve rendering quality and performance, as well as to fix physics issues.[10]

Experience Curiosity: taking a selfie
Experience Curiosity: learning mode
Experience Curiosity: free drive mode

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  1. ^ "New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation". NASA. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  2. ^ "Experience Curiosity". NASA's Eyes. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  3. ^ "Prenez le controle de Curiosity avec Blend4Web". Greg G.d.Bénicourt. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  4. ^ "Internet 3D: Take the Curiosity Rover for a Spin Right on the NASA Website". Technology.Org. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  5. ^ "Khronos Events - 2015 SIGGRAPH". Khronos. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  6. ^ "NASA's Experience Curiosity". Blender.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  7. ^ "2016 Webby Award Winner". The Webby Awards. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  8. ^ "NASA Wins Webby Awards". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  9. ^ "NASA's 5-Word Speech at the 20th Annual Webby Awards". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  10. ^ "Experience Curiosity: NASA turns to Verge3D". Soft8Soft. Retrieved 2018-06-27.

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