Tour the Solar System from Home with NASA

Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos Eyes on the Solar System, free-to-use software from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that was create for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time.

Jon Nguyen is the Visualization Software Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He graduated from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in June 2009 with a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and served as the Chairman of the student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at UCLA. In 2008, Jon began working at NASAJPL as an academic part-time engineer in the Mars Science Laboratory project. He is now the principal architect and lead programmer for "Eyes on the Solar System" and has won several awards for his work at NASA, including the Mariner Individual Contribution Award.

Check out the video in the panel to the right.

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Image: Screenshot from John Nguyen's TEDTalk video