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Mars in VR

Mars in VR

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, October 19, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, adventure

                                                      Mapping Mars in Virtual Reality (credit: JPL)

Starting today, anyone with a computer and a pair of goggles can take a virtual reality (VR) tour of Mars thanks to the engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Collaborating with Google, JPL has created Access Mars as an immersive, VR experience.

According to JPL, the 'new media' platform was adapted from their OnSight software used by lab scientists planning Curiosity rover drives and holding lab meetings on Mars. Imagery gathered by the rover provided the terrain, allowing any user to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. You can focus on objects of scientific interest, like rock outcrops and mud cracks, with a visceral impression of what Curiosity is seeing on Mars. It is as if you were walking alongside the mobile lab yourself.

It's time to pull out those clunky headsets gathering dust in the closet and start exploring Mars!



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