Using the voxeljs engine, "a collection of projects that make it easier than ever to create 3D voxel games like Minecraft all in the browser," the VoxelMars website recreates planet Mars in its entirety (and dullness) using topographic data from MOLA. Yes, you could potentially take the walk to Olympus Mons and climb it.
In 1996, the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) flew aboard Mars Global Surveyor. Using infrared laser pulses, it created a precise map of the planet's topography.
We're loading this data onto the awesome webgl-based voxel.js engine so that you can take a hike through Valles Marineris, climb up Olympus Mons and say hello to Curiosity on Gale Crater.
|Why bother seeing the world for real?|
|Biking Gloves With Built-In Turn Signals|
|Some of the Worlds Most Unusual Elevators|
|"It is basically your license on your phone."|
|Novices in high seas adventure|
|"An unabashed love letter to the 1982 motion picture Blade Runner."|
|“What if energy generation was a consumer electronic you could order off Amazon?”|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|"A helpful guide created by an unqualified individual."|
|"A real-time surveillance machine that has been developed for online advertising is rapidly expanding into other fields."|
|Fast, Clean, Cost-Effective Metal 3D-Printing|
|"You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States."|
|“Robots should be fitted with an 'ethical black box' to keep track of their decisions.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|