Mixed Reality | NASA will let you roam on Mars with Microsoft’s HoloLens
NASA is now teaming up with Microsoft for using HoloLens to give you a glimpse of the Mars, a Red Planet.”
A new exhibition called “Destination: Mars” will let visitors use Microsoft’s HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headsets to take a virtual stroll on Mars, alongside a “holographic” tour guide, astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The exhibition, which will open this summer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, uses OnSight, a mission operations tool co-developed by Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Actually, OnSight will take the data and images collected by the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since August 2012, and use HoloLens to turn a room into the surface of the Red Planet for you to walk around by holoporting yourself.
OnSight is a tool that NASA scientists use to virtually explore Mars and make recommendations about where Curiosity should go next.
NASA said in a press release:
For the first time, the exhibition will allow regular people to use that same tool and get “a glimpse of Mars as seen by mission scientists.”
At the exhibition, visitors will be able to virtually explore several sites on the Red Planet. “Holographic” tour guides like Aldrin and rover driver Erisa Hines will point you to sites where scientists have made important discoveries.
Jeff Norris, project manager for OnSight and “Destination: Mars” at JPL, said:
We’re excited to give the public a chance to see Mars using cutting-edge technologies that help scientists plan Curiosity’s activities on Mars today. While freely exploring the terrain, participants learn about processes that have shaped this alien world.”
By connecting astronauts to experts on the ground, mixed reality could be transformational for scientific and engineering efforts in space.”
As NASA prepares to send humans to Mars in 2030s the public will now be able to preview the experience the astronauts will have as they walk and study the surface of Mars.
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