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Virtual Reality Tours on Mars

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be on Mars?

NASA’s sophisticated rover named Curiosity has been taking countless pictures since landing on Mars in August 2012. Thanks to Curiosity and a smaller rover, Opportunity, NASA has the ability to piece together an accurate topography of the red planet in 3D.

Using the software, OnSight, scientists are able to bring Mars to life through Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headsets. Nothing is rendered; all images are actual pictures of our favorite red planet. You now have the ability to explore the Red Planet without having to leave Earth. Walk on the Martian surface and explore what Curiosity and Opportunity have seen.

OnSight was co-developed by Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) so that researchers can participate anywhere in the world through virtual reality. By studying the different layers of rock, scientists have the ability gain a better understanding of how Mars has changed over time. JPL is currently working on creating a widely accessible virtual reality experience for the public after their first successful exhibit last fall.

Take a look at the full article (and video) from CBS.

Chantal Wong

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