The Virtual Microscope is a NASA-funded project that provides simulated scientific instrumentation for students and researchers worldwide as part of NASA’s Virtual Laboratory initiative. The instrumentation includes a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Light Microscope, Atomic Force Microscope, and an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer for the SEM. Examine real specimens using sets of images systematically photographed at hundreds of positions and several magnifications. Users can zoom in on the most minute detail of each specimen. Software will run on Windows, Mac, or UNIX. Step by step instructions simplify installation. The free download comes with three reference images but many more can be accessed free of charge within the software.
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