Microsoft Research teamed up with Disney•Pixar and created a virtual tour of the universe hosted by none other then……WALL•E!
WALL•E is assisted by award winning director Andrew Stanton, who narrates this tour.
“Using Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, WALL•E takes you on a real ride through space,” Stanton said. “After watching the movie on DVD, the whole family will be inspired to learn more about the world in which we live and the universe beyond.”
WorldWide Telescope is a rich Web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories across the world to allow people to easily explore the night sky through their computers. WorldWide Telescope has been embraced by the astronomical and education communities as a compelling, astronomical resource for students and lifelong learners.
“WorldWide Telescope is about making science fun for everyone,” said Curtis Wong, manager of Microsoft’s Next Media Research Group. “By working with Disney•Pixar, we’re enabling kids and families to discover the magic of the universe for themselves in an even more engaging way. What could be more fun than exploring space with a famous robot?”
He’s right, I watched the tour and learned from it, seeing WALL•E float around in it is an extra bonus. I mean come on, who doesn’t like this robot? You can go watch it too at http://www.worldwidetelescope.org. You will need to install WorldWide Telescope to watch the tour.
A teaser of this tour can also be seen on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Nice!