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NASA's 3D Guide to the Galaxy

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Using "plug in free" X3D technology in Demicron's WireFusion, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's PlanetQuest web site is providing visitors with a unique opportunity to interactively explore the Milky Way galaxy.

WireFusion is written in the Java programming language so both the application and player are platform independent. When visitors arrive at a web site with content created using WireFusion, there is no plug-in required. The presentations load automatically and are viewable by virtually anyone with internet access, on any platform (Mac OS, Window, Linux, etc.) This allowed PVS to meet NASA's stringent accessibility requirements. Streaming capability allowed both 2D and 3D content to be delivered on-the-fly, dramatically increasing the amount of content that could be delivered to the end-user in real time. Within a few second of arriving to the web site, the visitor can begin exploring.

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