We all know space is big, but just how far from home have we ventured through spaceships and probes? It can be a little difficult to comprehend, but NASA can help you there with the fantistic “Eyes on the Solar System” interactive guide.
Zoom out from Earth to see the Moon, and the devices we’ve launched to study it. Go out further and visit Mars, then out to the gas giants, all in 3 dimensions which give a superb feeling of depth and scale. But not only can you visit the planets, you can see just where the Pioneer’s have got to, where the Voyager probes currently are, and any comets, asteroids and near-earth objects which are currently passing by.
For anyone who wants to be guided around particular categories of objects (or particular missions i.e. GRAIL), there are a number of feature tours you can take, and all of them are fascinating!
If you got 5 minutes to spare it’s well worth a look, and you may find that 5 minutes extends by quite some time…
Enjoy! Click the image above or here to visit NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System”