NASA, Microsoft Introduce Destination: Mars VR Tour

Real and Virtual Worlds Come Together in Mars

Mars VR Tour

Virtual reality has been all over the news, and if you are a fan, you might have already noticed all the buzz and hype surrounding the new technology. Its potentials are great, and it has already seen applications in different sectors. One good example is space exploration where people are transported to different places in space with the help of virtual reality, giving birth to a new and exciting way to experience being on the Martian land.

NASA’s Destination: Mars VR Tour Offers User the Ultimate Martian Experience

NASA and Microsoft have come together to develop a guided tour of some of the already-before-seen regions of the Martian surface, a virtual reality tour they called Destination: Mars. This tour is based on the technology of holographic computing, which makes the experience more immersive and interactive with high-definition holograms in both the real and virtual world.

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Virtual Mars

The Martian Setting

The tour is designed to place the public in the center of sites already explored by the Mars Curiosity Rover. By using a holographic headset, viewers will be granted the opportunity to experience Mars as though they were physical present there. Buzz Aldrin, a former Apollo 11 astronaut, will appear as the holographic tour guide alongside Erisa Hines of JLP.

 

 

Mixed Reality?

This concept combines the real and the virtual world, and the user is placed in the setting where the physical and virtual objects overlay. Physical objects and people are dynamically integrated by employing many different techniques.

Artificial Setting Immersion

A virtual reality environment is one where the participant is totally immersed in the setting and is then able to interact with the artificially rendered environment. The virtual world can simulate actual features of the real world, but mixed reality may also go further and create atmospheres where laws of physics no longer apply.

Destination: Mars was based around OnSight, an operations technology that currently supports Curiosity’s explorations on the planet.

Destination Mars

Mixed-reality applications are being created to help astronauts on the international space station work around better and more efficiently. Scientists feel that mixed reality will help enhance engineering designs for further scientific advances in space.

It is expected that Destination: Mars will provide insight into the Martian life we could all experience should the plan to send humans to Mars in the early 2030s push through.

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