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The U.S. space agency orbits a virtual world:
NASA's virtual spaceflight in Second Life
Through its Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California, and other NASA centers, the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration is opening the door for everyone to participate in the agency's vision for space exploration via the new technology of virtual life in cyberspace.
Virtual Worlds and Space Exploration. Population of the virtual world Second Life has grown rapidly in recent years to many millions of residents.
NASA is using the virtual world to bring lots of people into the agency's general mission, letting them participate in the day-to-day work and successes of the U.S. space agency.
NASA has established several islands in Second Life. ARC's CoLab and JPL's Explorer Island are the two main public entrance points.
Through them the agency works with any person who is interested in learning more about NASA and even participating in a NASA missions through exploration in the virtual world.
Different approaches. Both are in Second Life and, therefore, are immersive, 3D virtual reality environments:
Like it's larger and better known relative, the adult Second Life grid, the Teen Second Life simulation is a virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents aged 13-17. Residents of the adult world are 18 and older.
- CoLab, on the one hand, provides a place to try out new ideas with building projects and to host meetings and talks. CoLab has a 1:10th replica of Mars' Victoria Crater, a mockup of the International Space Station, a mission tracking center for space probes, a builder's sandbox, and other learning resources for the general public.
- Explorer Island, on the other hand, is a place where the public can interact with replicas of spacecraft, and participate in live launch activities surrounding real-life space shuttle flights and other activities like missions to Mars, or walks on the surface of replicas of other worlds. It's a place where the public may talk to NASA scientists and engineers, and during international workshops give them ideas for different space explorations.
- NASA also has an installation with launch pads, rockets, shuttles and space stations all built by teens on the Eye4You Alliance Island in Teen Second Life. There's a detailed simulation of the International Space Station, built entirely by teens, in orbit above the NASA spaceport on the virtual teen grid.
This machinima titled NASA CoLab's Second Life Mission features video of the NASA virtual world simulations of ARC's CoLab, JPL's Explorer Island, the independent International Spaceflight Museum, and Mars Victoria Crater.
The YouTube video URL is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr3vXuxEPB8
More information is available at: colab.arc.nasa.gov.
SLURL is short for Second Life URL, the web address for a place in Second Life.
ARC CoLab: slurl.com/secondlife/NASA%20CoLab/244/110/23
JPL Explorer Island: slurl.com/secondlife/Explorer%20Island/198/208/22
International Spaceflight Museum Spaceport Alpha: slurl.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Alpha/48/78/24/
International Spaceflight Museum Spaceport Bravo: slurl.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Bravo/12/80/23
The Second Life 3D virtual-reality service is provided on the Internet by Linden Lab of San Francisco.
What is a virtual world?
A virtual world is a computer-simulated environment inhabited by users who interact through their on-screen avatars.
Social life in the virtual world is depicted by multiple users appearing together in three-dimensional graphical scenes.
The world being simulated has real-world physical characteristics such as gravity, topography, locomotion, real-time actions, and communication.
What is Second Life?
SL was developed by Linden Research Inc. (a.k.a. Linden Lab) and came to life on the Internet in 2003. Teen Second Life opened in 2005.
Since opening to the public in 2003, Second Life has grown explosively. It had 180,000 residents by April 2006. By October 2007 it was inhabited by more than 10 million people from around the real world. In March 2008, Second Life was the best known virtual-reality world with about 13 million residents.
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Second Life is a 3D virtual reality world entirely built and owned by its residents, which are referred to as avatars. Members use their avatars, or alternate personas, to participate actively in the creation of media. Basic membership is free although there is an advanced level called premium.
Second Life is not a game. It doesn't have points, scores, winners, losers, levels, an end-strategy, or most of the other characteristics of games. Instead, it is a semi-structured virtual environment where characters undertake social, cultural, political and economic activities for personal enjoyment, fulfillment or financial gain. Some visit Second Life to escape from RL – their real world – and have fun exploring and social internetworking, while others view Second Life as useful for education and for-profit businesses.
Second Life is a community with businesses, entertainment and education.
A downloadable Second Life viewer (browser) enables residents to interact with each other through their on-screen representatives, the avatars, providing an extraordinarily advanced level of social networking combined with general aspects of a metaverse.
A metaverse is an immersive 3D virtual space – a cyberspace environment where humans interact socially and economically with each other's avatars.
Adult residents of Second Life age 18 and up are limited to their vast main grid and teen residents 13-17 to their smaller teen grid. There is no Second Life grid for persons under 13.
SciLands is a community on an archipelago of islands on the SL adult main grid devoted to science and technology. More than 20 science and technology organizations have facilities in the SciLands, including government agencies, universities and museums.
For example, the International Spaceflight Museum in SciLands displays many rockets at its Spaceport Alpha and Spaceport Beta. SciLands islands are owned and built by science and technology organizations that share resources and infrastructure. The islands bear names such as Exploratorium, Genome, and Nanotechnology. The NASA Ames and JPL facilities are there. NOAA's Meteora, Okeanos, Thetis and Second Earth are located in SciLands.
Others are the National Space Society, the Mars Institute, Space Studies Institute, Space Frontier, the Exploratorium and its SploLand, University of Denver Science School, Northern Michigan University BIOME, Loughborough University, Elon University, the National Library of Medicine, the Tech Museum of Innovation, NPR's Science Friday, the National Physical Laboratory for Nanotechnology, UK FutureFocus, Texas Wesleyan University genome project, Spindrift, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Imperial College of London with its National Health Service, Polyclinic, HealthLands, and UK Virtual Hospital.
Learn more about NASA and Second Life:
Teen Second Life
- Second Life [Space Today Online]
- Second Life [Wikipedia]
- Second Life [Linden Lab]
- Second Life Photo Tour [Space Today Online]
- How to sign up for Second Life [Space Today Online]
- Second Life Wiki [Linden Lab]
- Second Life Blog [Linden Lab]
- Second Edition blog [Second Edition]
- Second Life population, land and economic statistics [Linden Lab]
- Glossary of terms used in Second Life [Second Edition]
- To the stars [New World Notes]
- Reaching for the stars [Second Life Insider]
- Space Science and Astronomy Education in Second Life [Elon]
- Teen Second Life [Wikipedia]
- Teen Second Life [Linden Lab]
- Eye4You Alliance Blog [Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County]
- What's Happening This Month in TSL [Library Loft]
- Teen Library in Second Life [Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County]
- Teen Second Life International Space Station [Space Today Online]
- Land of Lincoln in Second Life [Alliance Library System]
- Land of Lincoln – Teen Grid [Alliance Library System]
- Squirrelverse [Squirrelverse]
U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- NASA in Second Life [Space Today Online]
- NASA Vision for Space Exploration [NASA]
- NASA CoLab in Second Life [Ames Research Center]
- NASA CoLab YouTube machinima video [Ames Research Center]
- NASA Harnesses Power of Virtual Worlds for Exploration, Outreach [America.gov]
Two new Second Life islands let the public participate in space enterprise [America.gov]
- ARC CoLab SLURL [Ames Research Center]
- JPL Explorer Island SLURL
SLURL is short for Second Life URL, the web address for a place in Second Life. [NASA]
- NOAA and the National Weather Service in Second Life [Space Today Online]
- Outreach at ESRL – NOAA Virtual World [Earth System Research Laboratory]
- NOAA Comes to Second Life [Second Life Insider]
- Machinima Tour of NOAA's Island [Second Life Insider]
- U.S. Government Presence Grows in Second Life Online World
Agencies use virtual reality environment for education, outreach [America.gov]
Information about American life, culture and foreign policy
U.S. State Department Bureau of International Information Programs
The International Spaceflight Museum
- SciLands Blog [SciLands]
- SciLands Flickr image pool [SciLands]
- SciLands organizations list [SciLands]
- Second Life Spaceports Alpha and Bravo
- Rocketry Explored in a Virtual World [Space Today Online]
- Spaceport Alpha SLURL Spaceport Bravo SLURL
SLURL is short for Second Life URL, the web address for a place in Second Life.
- Second Life Insider – ISM opens Spaceport Bravo – Reaching for the stars [Second Life Insider]
- The International Spaceflight Museum Planning Group
Second Life residents from around the world who share an interest in spaceflight are the
in-world organization that manages and develops the museum is the Spaceflight Museum Planning Group
- International Spaceflight Museum Tour
Includes videos of rocket rides and tours. Worldbridges is a network of individuals and organizations that use
live, interactive webcasting and other new media technologies to help people connect, learn, & collaborate.
- ISM Calendar
What's happening at the The International Spaceflight Museum?
- International Spaceflight Museum photos in Flickr
Flickr is an online photo management and sharing website.
- International Spaceflight Museum photos in Snapzilla
Snapzilla is an online photo management and sharing website.
- International Spaceflight Museum videos in YouTube
YouTube is an online video management and sharing website.
- The Rocket Ring
- The Saturn 5 Moon Rocket
- Planetarium & Training Telescope
- NASA CoLab's Second Life Mission
- Lunar Demo
- Second Life Project Space Flight Museum
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