The following materials are accessible to people who are blind or low vision using a combination of Braille, tactile techniques, and descriptions in both large format text and audio formats, sonifications, as well as a collection of 3D prints of cosmic objects.
Sounds from Around the Universe!
By turning Chandra and other NASA images into sounds, our project helps you “listen” to data of exploding stars, black holes and more.
Listen to narrated audio or access plain text files of the detailed visual descriptions of each recent Chandra image released.
3D Printing the Universe
3D modeling objects in our Universe offers a unique tool to understand scientific data. And while interacting with 3D data on a computer screen can be powerful, the ability to create a physical manifestation of the model - through 3D printing - can take things even farther.
Lego for the Blind
We have partnered with LEGO for the Blind (LFB) to develop a blind and visually impaired (BVI) adaptation for text-based instructions. (Learn more).
Touchable Universe in a Box
& Mini Star Kits
Two different kits of a selection of 3D prints of NASA data, and/or a tactile and Braille poster series with audio files.
Additional Audio Resources
Recent discoveries from NASA’s Chandra mission in audio formats, and an audio explanation of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Poster series using a combination of Braille & large-format text with a variety of tactile textures depicting celestial objects.
All photos on the page, credit: NASA/CXC
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Additional support from NASA's Universe of Learning (UoL). UoL materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.