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Take An Interactive Journey Into The Depths Of Space (And Fire An Asteroid At Earth While You’re The
November 17, 2012
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Apparently Virgin Galactic is going to send the first tourists into space next year, which will be a lot of fun for them.

But at $200,000 a ticket, only people so rich that they can offer Sir Richard Branson tips on jet lag will be able to get on board.

If you're interested in exploring outer space without taking out a very large second mortgage, there are other ways. Like this incredible interactive tour of the galaxy, 100,000 Stars.


A word of caution: the tour was built by Chrome Experiments, the people behind Google's Chrome browser. It's designed to work with recent versions of Chrome, so it may not show up for you in other browsers or earlier versions.

If you can't get it to work for you, never fear: here's a video of the full tour the 100,000 Stars site offers.

If your browser cooperates, though, it's a mind-blowing way to spend a few minutes on the web.


You can use your mouse and keyboard to move all the way in to our solar system, with our sun at the centre of it all, or pull all the way back and see an entire galaxy from a distance.

While you're near the Earth, though, you might want to check this out: Purdue University researchers have built a simulator called Impact: Earth that determines what effect an asteroid will have if it hits this planet.


You can control the diameter, density, velocity, and angle of the asteroid, as well as deciding where it'll land. Then calculate the impact and see what you've done to our planet.

The site isn't just for fans of mass destruction. It was built as a tool to help with preparations in case we actually do face a large asteroid strike. There's even a scholarly paper to go along with the site explaining its usefulness.

But for those of us who don't have to worry about such weighty matters, it's more like a video game with pretty average graphics.


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