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HubbleSOURCE

Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Viewspace

Specifications

ViewSpace programming is free to museums, planetariums, nature centers, and other venues of “informal science education” in the USA. To run ViewSpace in your facility, you need provide only the hardware.

  • Windows PC to our specifications
  • A large-format display:
    • Plasma or LCD display panel, or
    • Data-grade video projector & screen
  • Stereo loudspeakers
  • Comfortable seats, preferably in a darkened space

PROGRAM DELIVERY

We distribute ViewSpace through the Internet. You’ll receive automatically uploaded images and discoveries from Hubble that will display as soon as they’re released to the public. We also include news from other space missions, as well as a rich variety of additional programming. A modest annual subscription fee covers our pass-through costs for software to enable delivery and playback. (Contact us for current pricing.) Once that software is installed, ViewSpace programming requires only an Internet connection.

If you will be connecting the ViewSpace PC to an existing network to achieve the Internet connection and wish to use Wi-Fi wireless networking, we recommend using either an ethernet-based Access Point or a PCI-based Wi-Fi card. USB-based Wi-Fi devices are discouraged.

PLAYBACK RESOLUTION

Widescreen
(16:9 aspect ratio)

Widescreen icon

 

ViewSpace is designed for playback on high-resolution, wide-screen plasma displays, LCD displays, or projectors.

COMPUTER SPECIFICATIONS

We’ve endeavored to make ViewSpace as affordable as possible. But we want you and your visitors to have a compelling experience. A fast, modern PC is required. These specifications are subject to revision. Please contact us for any updates if you’re planning to purchase a PC for ViewSpace.

Playback PC

The following minimum specifications for the playback PC are required:

  • Processor:
    At least a single physical core with two virtual CPUs - or two physical cores with two physical execution units Minimum rated core-speed of 1.6GHz and at least 1024KB of L2 cache
  • Operating System (one of the following):
    Windows XP Professional SP2 or SP3 (32-bit) (Home, Media Center, and 64-bit are NOT SUPPORTED)
    Windows Vista Business or Ultimate SP1 or SP2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, and 64-bit are NOT SUPPORTED)
    Windows 7 (all versions supported)
  • System Memory:
    1 GB RAM of DDR2-667 (Dual-Bank == 2x512MB) or better
  • Storage:
    At least 80GB/ CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Video Card:
    Integrated Graphics Processor with 1GB of Dual-Bank PC2-667 or better memory. AT LEAST 256 MB of this memory must be allocated to graphics
    OR
    Discrete PCIeX16 graphics card with AT LEAST 256MB of VRAM
  • Sound Card:
    DirectSound®-supported sound card with WHQL-certified drivers

DISPLAY SPECIFICATIONS

Widescreen
(16:9 aspect ratio)

Widescreen icon

Choose one of the following display types:

Plasma Display Panel or

LCD Display Panel or

Projector

Whichever you choose should be capable of displaying a minimum of 1280x720 pixels at 60 Hz refresh rate. Important: This should be a unit that supports input form a PC. Sometimes displays sold as "TVs" through mass-market consumer channels do not accept input from a computer. Verify with the manufacturer that the display you're buying offers the proper capability.

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