Take a Google Cardboard tour of the solar system! This project is created with PhoneGap, optimized to be built using Adobe PhoneGap Build.
Retired Project Summary
The Cosmic Cruise mobile app was designed as part of a Space Foundation booth give-away at Space Symposium when Google Cardboard was fresh. The draw helped to start conversations about Space Foundation education programs. Cosmic Cruise allowed kids (and kids at heart) to explore our solar system in virtual reality on iPhone and Android devices. Special thanks goes to Bryan Jones (3D ship), Ron Sparkman (voice), Travis Schenck (voice), Brian McCarrie (artwork), Brigit Schroeder (analytics, smooth travel math, intro screen), Amy Mirocha (voice), Johnny Rumbach (music)!
Note: This app hasn't been updated for iOS 11 and has audio issues as a result (archived project).
Now Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play
Look for "Cosmic Cruise" in your favorite app store. Contribute here to make it better. :D
IMPORTANT: This app hasn't been updated for iOS 11, resulting in current sound issues (a retiring project).
Something look off? Ideas? Issues?
For best results, be sure to post a ticket to offer your thoughts and feedback.
Are you a developer? Your pull requests are highly welcome here. :D
Phase 1 LIVE! Search for "Cosmic Cruise" in Apple App Store and Google Play.
Next major upgrade: Narration and accompanying screen visuals (will post recordings prior to app update for fact checking purposes). Special thanks to Space Foundation volunteer Ron Sparkman who is managing audio edits at this time.
This project makes use of textures, normal maps and bump maps from planetpixelemporium (Venus, Moon, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune).
Mercury texture credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Jupiter texture credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, color balance was adjusted in a subjective attempt (as suggested by Bjorn Jonsson) to better match the visual appearance of Jupiter in a telescope.
Pluto texture courtesy of (Snowfall-The-Cat)[http://ultrus.deviantart.com/art/Pluto-Map-2015-Nov-10-546286799], made with NASA/JPL/New horizons data.
Skybox texture generated and altered from this image courtesy of ESO/S. Brunier.
Nocturnia by Psychadelik Pedestrian is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.toucanmusic.co.uk/albums/toulp5.html Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.toucanmusic.co.uk/licensing.php.
Narration by Travis Schenck and Ron Sparkman. (coming in the next major app update)
System voice by Amy Mirocha.
This project is powered by Three.js.
This app is co-sponsored by the Space Foundation.
In addition to personal time spent on this project, extra special thanks goes to the Space Foundation team, supplying a Google Cardboard viewer, an iOS developer account (used for other projects and soon this one) and even a few on-the-clock training hours to dedicate towards VR development research (not to mention a week or more of in-office hours to finish up the app). You too can help the Space Foundation achieve their mission to inspire, enable and propel, by contributing to this and other projects. :D
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