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NASA Creates New Internet Tool to Explore the Solar System

NASA has gone more high-tech than ever to give the public the power to journey through the solar system using a new interactive Web-based tool.

The “Eyes on the Solar System” is a free interface that combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft and explore the cosmos.  Screen graphics and information on planet locations and spacecraft maneuvers use actual space mission data.

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The virtual environment displays models of planets, moons, asteroids, comets and spacecraft as they move through our solar system. With keyboard and mouse controls, users cruise through space to explore anything that catches their interest.

Users can experience missions in real-time, and travel backward and forward through time.  The tool is populated with NASA data dating back to 1950 and projected to 2050.

“Eyes on the Solar System” has been demonstrated at science conferences, in classrooms and at the 2011 South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin.

via NASA offers public new internet tool to explore the Solar System – Your Houston News: News.

“Eyes on the Solar System” and an introduction video are available at:

via Eyes on the Solar System.

A free browser plug-in, available for downloading at the site, is required to run the Web application.

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Reward Offered In Blinn College Student’s Murder

Blinn College is a small school in Brenham, about an hour and a half outside of Houston.  After a male student was murdered there last month, police are asking for tips as they try to figure out who killed him.  And there's a reward in the case now.

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Le’Veon Bell Leads Steelers Past Titans, 27-24

Le'Veon Bell ran for 204 yards and a touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied past the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, in Nashville on Monday night.

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Now Is the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance

Last year just a handful of people signed up for health insurance on the first day of the national open enrollment period, and this year as signups began on Saturday, the federal government says 100,000 people signed up.

The open enrollment period this year is a lot shorter, so don't be caught by surprise.

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Watch Johnny Depp’s Weird, Drunken Speech at the Hollywood Film Awards

So this is why we don't see Johnny Depp on stage very often (ever?) at awards shows. Last night at the Hollywood Film Awards, Depp introduced the documentary ‘Supermensch,’ about legendary talent manager Shep Gordon, and immediately made it pretty clear that he was not sober-minded. “That's the weirdest microphone I've ever seen in my life,” he slurs—except, you know, it's just a regular microphone.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Casts Daniel Bruhl as Its Villain

Even though the upcoming third ‘Captain America’ movie is based on Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ mini-series, where the heroes of the Marvel Universe faced off with one another in a battle over their right to privacy, the ‘Civil War’ film still needs a villain for Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (and new addition Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman) to face off with as well. Although they didn’t reveal the identity of his character, Deadline reports that Daniel Bruhl will play the guy to pester the feuding Avengers.

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Police Look For Clues After Texas College Student Is Murdered

Blinn College is a small school in Brenham, about an hour and a half outside of Houston.

After a male student was murdered there last month, police are asking for tips as they try to figure out who killed him.

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Miami Dolphins Rally Past Buffalo Bills, 22-9

Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and the Miami Dolphins surged past the Buffalo Bills, 22-9, in Florida on Thursday night.

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