- To Mars, and Beyond!
you haven't tried it, download our 3D
Mars Spirit Rover Simulator (only 1.2 MB download).
This program requires a PC with a 3D accelerator card (most
newer computers will be easily equipped to handle the program).
Click on the link and then hit "Open". The simulator
will install on your computer!
Note: This software and this website have no
affiliation to NASA or JPL.
January 15, 2004
This is the
first version of the Mars Spirit Rover Simulation. It contains
several paragraphs of informational text and a Mars environment
the user can traverse. There are 4 different types of rocks and
there are 10000 of them scattered over the virtual terrain, which
has been designed in a "crater" topoghraphy.
January 19, 2004
Day and night
cycles now show improved light/shadow simulation on the terrain.
When the user lands on the surface, the Lander is placed there.
Several "points of interest" boulders have been added throughout
the landscape, and the user may drive to them. The user interface
now shows meters traversed and battery life remaining. The battery
usage is NOT simulated according to real time scale. There are
three additional rock types. Up to date paragraphs and images
have been added to the information text shown during the roving