Re: Vista Pro & Mars CD's from RomTech

From: Marcella Dawson <>
Subject: Re: Vista Pro & Mars CD's from RomTech
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 1996 20:59:52 -0600 (CST)

I have Distant Suns and have used it a few times. It is too advanced for 
middle school students who have little knowledge about astronomy. 
However, as an adult, you would find the software a lot of fun. There is 
an unlimited number of item compositions so that you can view 
constellations from any point on earth, track star positions, etc.  You 
can also look at views of the sky from points other than the Earth.

Marcella Dawson

Marcella Dawson, Science Department
St. Anne School
2120 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098

On Fri, 22 Nov 1996, Jan Wee wrote:

> Dear discuss-lfm members,
> From Cindy Porter: "Found a new CD called Mars Rover from Rom Tech. 
> Access to
> see for yourself."
> Cindy Porter shared this url with me and I wanted to pass it
> along to you.  ROM TECH produces several space related software 
> programs including Distant Sun, Mars Rover, Mars Explorer, and 
> Visions of Mars.  (these are not NASA produced products) 
> Does anyone on this forum have these CD's (they are available 
> for Mac and IBM) and have any information to share?  I have to
> admit they caught my attention.
> I took a look at this site (had a time accessing as
> the pages loaded very slowly) and also found Vista Pro -- 3D Rendering
> Software (the same program used to create the images in Arthur
> C. Clarke's book, The Snows of Olympus).  I found some Mars
> images (jpg) created with Vista Pro that are really neat also.  
> You might want to take a look as well. 
>                 (and also marsbase.jpg)
> I love combining computer art and science -- perhaps your
> art educators would find this an intriguing interdisciplinary
> tool and connection to Live From Mars. Does anyone in this forum 
> have first hand experience with Vista Pro?  I understand that the 
> program is very engaging, not very pricey ($59.95), and lots of 
> creative fun to be had. 
> Have a good weekend all!
> Jan Wee  
> Jan Wee, Education Outreach Coordinator
> Passport to Knowledge     
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