NASA has developed an easy-to-use browser-based application that allows amateur scientists and enthusiasts to explore the surface of the asteroid Vesta. The browser lets users explore a 3D model created from data gathered by the Dawn spacecraft over the course of its year-long stint in orbit.
The software comes with a tutorial that teaches you how to view different physical features and examine different kinds of data. Users can even choose specific swathes of the asteroid to view specific and unique data sets.
While amateur astronomers and scientists will surely get a lot of pleasure out of scoping the asteroid Vesta, this sort of program could even have implications in the future, when crowdsourcing can be used to learn more about the various celestial bodies that occupy our universe.
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