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Experience Curiosity is an interactive web application developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to celebrate the third anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars.[1] This 3D serious game[2] makes it possible to operate the rover, control its cameras and the robotic arm and reproduces some of the prominent events of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.[3][4] The application was presented at the beginning of the WebGL section at SIGGRAPH 2015.[5]

According to Brian Kumanchik, the lead and art director behind the project, the development team used exclusively open-source software including Blender and GIMP for creating 3D content, particularly due to public accessibility of open source formats. The Blend4Web framework was chosen as a 3D engine which is integrated with Blender, includes a physics engine and provides rendering in mobile browsers.[6]

Experience Curiosity won the Webby Award as the best "Government & Civil Innovation" website of 2016.[7]

Experience curiosity1

Experience Curiosity: taking a selfie

Experience curiosity2

Experience Curiosity: learning mode

Experience curiosity3

Experience Curiosity: free drive mode

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