At the intersection of video gaming technology, open government and citizen science are new applications making it easier and more fun for the public to explore space data. Get an inside look at virtual environments incorporating real-time spacecraft data and images. Become an armchair astronaut and travel through the cosmos from your personal computer. Ride along with NASA spacecraft, hazardous asteroids and distant planets, or just experience the vastness and beauty of space. All these worlds are yours... including Europa.
A graduate in Multimedia Design I started my career as an animator then multimedia producer for a medical e-learning company in Leicester, England.
In 2004 I founded UnmannedSpaceflight.com - a forum for sharing and discussing images made by amateur enthusiasts from data returned by robotic spacecraft such as Spirit, Opportunity and Cassini. Considered one of the pioneering venues of 'participatory exploration' - creations by forum members have been published in Aviation Week & New Scientist and other specialist and non-specialist media.
In 2010, I moved to Pasadena, CA to work as a Visualization Producer in JPL's Visualization Technology and Applications group as part of the 'Eyes on the Solar System' production team.
In my spare time, I enjoy Gigapanning the vistas of Southern California.
Kevin J. Hussey
Kevin is currently the Manager of Visualization Technology Applications and
Development at NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). His most
recent achievements use video game technology to immerse the general public
and JPL mission personnel in our solar system and beyond. "Eyes on the Earth
3D" and "Eyes on the Solar System" are cross-platform, real-time,
3D-interactive applications that run inside a web browser. Kevin, who was
classically trained in Earth remote sensing and climatic geomorphology, has
spent the majority of his 32-year career pioneering innovative tools and
techniques to graphically represent virtually every type of data and
abstract information used by NASA and Walt Disney Feature Animation. The
FBI, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Archives, NASA and the DOD (Air
Force, Army, Navy and Marines) have all consulted Kevin as an expert in
image synthesis and analysis. Kevin has managed teams of software
developers, engineers and artists to visualize everything from scanning
electron microscopy and radio galaxies to earthquakes and Disney cartoon
characters. While at Feature Animation, he managed software developers
and support engineers for the ongoing development and support of Disney’s
Academy Award-winning Computer Animation Production System (CAPS), and then
became the Manager of Information Technology before returning to JPL.
Kevin’s career passion and forte is in the visual/graphical representation
of complex information in a manner that can be quickly and clearly
understood. Kevin plans to someday elevate his career and become a teacher.
Veronica McGregor manages the news office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and routinely updates over one million Twitter followers who don't know her real name. She began on Twitter in 2008 as @MarsPhoenix, tweeting the life and times of the lovable lander on Mars. Veronica currently manages Twitter accounts @AsteroidWatch, @MarsRovers, and @NASAJPL, among others (her personal account is @VeronicaMcG). In 2010 she was named by Forbes.com as one of 20 inspirational women to follow on Twitter, and she was awarded NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal for developing new approaches to communicate NASA missions to the public. She was also awarded a Shorty Award for her work as @MarsPhoenix.
Other activities include organizing NASA's first tweetup at JPL, which became the model for tweetups held at NASA centers across the country; and creating some of NASA's first live streaming/live chat events on Ustream.tv as a way to connect the public directly to mission scientists and engineers. In 2010, her office launched "Curiosity Cam" on Ustream to introduce viewers to the next rover to Mars (named Curiosity) while it undergoes construction inside a clean room. Veronica also manages an office that produces over 400 news items and dozens of videos each year highlighting NASA missions that are monitoring Earth, exploring the planets, and searching for worlds beyond our solar system.
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