Worlds

For a general overview, please see our STEM For All Video Showcase 3-minute project video!

We have several worlds for WHIMC server participants to explore and learn.

Table of Contents

    Rocket Launch from Earth

    What better place to start than home here on earth? Visitors can tour a rocket launch base, modeled after NASA’s launch facilities from eras past, and see everything from mission control to mars rover tests to rocket assembly hangars. It’s a great place to get excited because from here you launch off to the moon!

    Moon Base One

    Land in a crater on the moon to experience reduced gravity and experience about how habitats and testing could work on the moon. Astronauts go through training to learn how to use our science tools to measure important factors for habitation, like pressure and oxygen levels, and finish off with a VR simulation where they make observations like a scientist and ask wondrous “what if” questions about the universe!

    Space Station Hub

    After astronauts have completed their basic science training they’re shuttled the deep space station, a hub to all extreme worlds and discoveries of our known solar system and beyond. They’re not done yet, however, as every good cadet knows how to collect data in the field and use their imagination!

    Imagine an Earth…

    Participants start by first observing a standard earth simulation. After this we have four astronomer-curated simulations imagining what earth would be like with altered conditions, including:

    No Moon – If Earth had never had a moon, it would be a very different place. There would be no seasons, since the Earth’s rotation axis would still be perpendicular to the plane of our orbit around the Sun. The day would be 3-4 times shorter, which would cause the winds and weather to be very different. There are many other differences, find out more OR watch a History Channel video featuring Neil Comins!
    Titled – It is likely that when the Earth formed, it was rotating (spinning) much faster than it is today and its rotation axis was perpendicular to the plane of its orbit around the Sun. The impact of a solar body known as Theia altered the angle of the earth’s rotation – but what if it were a more extreme axis, so it were tilted at 90°? Read more about how this world would work.
    Colder Sun – Our Earth is orbiting Sol at an ideal distance for sustaining life. The Earth’s surface temperature enables water to retain a liquid state consistently. But what if our planet were outside of the sun’s habitable zone? We might have to live on a little strip of greenbelt that’s the only place water can exist in a liquid form. Learn more about what conditions would change.
    Earth as a Moon – Our Earth and its companion moon, which has about 1/81 as much mass as the Earth, waltz together around the Sun. What would life be like on an “earth-like” world, let’s call in Mynoa, orbiting a larger planet, which we can call Tyran? Check out the explanations behind the most whacky “what-if earth” we’ve looked at yet.

    Exoplanets

    So far we have three simulations of exoplanets with some rather extreme conditions. We’re looking forward to adding more as users contribute their ideas.

    Kepler – Kepler 186f orbits a red dwarf star 500 light-years away from Earth. Much is still unknown about this planet other than it is similar to Earth in size and mass and that it is close enough to the star that liquid water could be present. Our world shows what Kepler might look like if it has water and plant life. More from the NASA simulation site.

    Trappist – TRAPPIST-1e is one of seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. About 40 light-years from Earth, TRAPPIST-1 is unusual both for its number of small rocky planets and the number in the habitable zone. Our simulated world has a narrow band of water near the terminator, the divide between a hot, dry day and an ice-covered night side.  See this system and more at NASA’s website.

    Gliese – It’s hard to identify exoplanets! This one may not even exist, but some have theorized it could be covered in deep ocean. Our simulation has ice that’s on fire! Find out more on the process of identifying and qualifying this exoplanet on Wikipedia.

    Cancri

    CancriAccording to Nasa’s website, 55 Cancri e is a super Earth exoplanet that orbits a G-type star. Its mass is 8.08 Earths, it takes 0.7 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.01544 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in 2004. The surface is always covered in lava, even on the dark side! You can see a pretty neat 3D version on NASA’s website too.

    Solar System

    Mars, the Asteroid Belt, Farming on Ganymede and Exploring the Oceans of Europa to come…

    Habitat Construction

    World Downloads

    Play them on your computer locally – but without gravity or atmospheric effects.
    Last updated 05.18.2021

    Rocket Launch
    Lunar Crater
    Earth “control” simulation
    Space Station hub

    Earth without a Moon
    Earth with a Colder Sun world set
    Earth with a 90 degree tilt world set
    Earth as a moon of a gas giant (Mynoa and Tyran)

    Gliese
    Trappist
    Cancri
    Brown Dwarf CWW 89Ab (coming soon!)
    Exo TBA
    Exo TBA

    Terraforming Mars (coming soon)
    Asteroid Mining (coming soon)
    ET Microscopic Life (coming soon)
    Habitat Build Challenge (coming soon)