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The Essential Multimedia Guide to the Universe
The Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe is the ultimate resource for exploring the vast reaches of our galaxy and beyond. Spend a day aboard Skylab, explore the expertly rendered 3-D model of Mir, even travel to the Moon's mysterious dark side and scan the hundreds of unexplored craters. Easy-to-use navigational features, interactive animations, 3-D models, and unique video clips from NASA give you the ultimate journey into outer space.
The Universe. Blast off on a voyage through space to the edges of our galaxy. Fly on virtual 3-D tours of the planets Mars and Venus, observe the moons of Jupiter close up, and even witness the birth and death of stars and galaxies.
Hardware. Hitch a ride on a space probe, board a space station, and discover how satellites work.
Technical Manual. Watch astronauts training in weightlessness for their first missions, take a space walk with an astronaut outside a spacecraft, and even examine the complexities of how a space suit is made.
Who's Who. From Edwin Hubble to Valentina Tereshkova, from Copernicus to Sally Ride, discover the lives of the women and men who have made historic contributions to our understanding of space.
Star Dome. Imagine navigating by the stars from the deck of Columbus's ship, or even observe the patterns of stars as they appeared on your birthday. By selecting a date, latitude, and longitude from any point on the globe, you can re-create the day or night sky for any moment from 3,000 BC to AD 7,000. Hundreds of fact-filled pop-ups cover key facts on all the planets and the Moon, as well as constellations and galaxies deep in space.
History of Astonomy. Investigate the world's oldest surviving observatory, discover the theories of the ancient Greeks, and learn how we came to our modern-day understanding of the Universe.
Activities. Test your skill at landing a lunar module - or launch a rocket into space.
Quiz Master. Do you know: The name of the first American woman in space? The diameter of the Sun? How many stars the Milky Way contains? Test your knowledge.
Requirements: Windows 3.x/95, 486DX33MHz, 4Mb (8Mb recommended), 640x480 pixels 256 colors, double speed CD-ROM drive, 10Mb available space on hard drive, 8 bit sound card, loudspeakers or headphones, mouse.
Requirements: Macintosh - System 7.0+, 68LC040 25MHz, 8Mb RAM, 640x480 pixels 256 colors, double speed CD-ROM drive, 8Mb available space on hard drive, 8 bit audio, loudspeakers or headphones, mouse.
HomePC, February 1997
"...a killer application: the Star Dome, an on-screen observatory that lets you see and identify the stars and planets anywhere in the sky on any night of the year.
"As with many astronomy programs, you can choose a latitude and longitude for any point on the globe and see what the sky looked like on, say, your birthday - or any other day between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 7000; the control panel lets you aim the screen view north, south, east or west, or directly overhead. But unlike similar functions in other discs, the Star Dome will actually identify the constellations, planets and even faint stars, and provide information on them from its database.
"While the observatory alone would be worth the price of the program, the CD-ROM also offers more than 200 articles and hundreds of data boxes and fact files on space exploration and the cosmic science, with subjects ranging from black holes and the big bang theory of creation to 3-D models of the Mir space station and information on how astronauts train for weightlessness. Sixty animations and exercises (such as tests of your skills in landing a lunar module or launching a rocket into space), 278 video sequences, two hours of audio and more than 400 color photos round out the disc."
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