Explore the Discovery and HAL in VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) format! Move through the halls in search of monoliths, which will transport you to various destinations. (Unlike Dave Bowman, you will not end up in a strange fake hotel room, never to return to the human sphere.)


VRML by Rick Pryll

This VRML environment was designed for use with Netscape's Live3D VRML Plug-In. If your browser is not yet equipped with the Live3D Plug-In, download it from Netscape's site. It is free and available for Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows NT, and PowerPC (Mac). Follow the instructions for installing the Plug-In. Netscape should automatically update its Plug-In information to recognize VRML files as viewable by Live3D.

(Installation is an easy process, but just in case, extensive instructions and help come with the download.)

Very brief instructions for using the Live3D interface: there are different modes for moving around. Select walk to navigate via mouse dragging; slide to navigate via the keyboard's arrow keys; point to navigate by moving right to wherever you click. Use the ? to get a list of options for each mode. In some modes, clicking on a linked GIF will not work (switch modes or use the control or option characters to click, as listed in the ? info). Making your browser window smaller will speed up the VRML response time once the VRML file has downloaded.

For non-Netscape users:

Feel free to try another VRML Plug-In, but we can't guarantee that they will all work. Microsoft Explorer users can try the VRML Add-On from Microsoft. You must have Internet Explorer version 3.0 installed in either Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Then download and install the VRML 1.0 ActiveX control.