Science

Walk on Mars with NASA and Microsoft HoloLens

Put down that remote control and stop watching John Carter on repeat. There’s an epic new way for you to discover Mars! NASA is collaborating with MicroSoft to give you the chance to take a stroll on Mars… or well, at least you’ll think You are!

In an exhibition called “Destination: Mars”, NASA will be giving people the experience of a lifetime. All you have to do is put the VR headset on and walk alongside your tour guide, astronaut Buzz Aldin, who will point you to the sites where the most important discoveries were made. The exhibition opens this summer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

A device called OnSight, developed by Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be used; it takes data collected by the Curiosity rover, which has been touring Mars since Agust 2012, and projects them to the VR headset. Then, by putting on the HoloLens, you’ll be ‘transported’ to Mars… or rather the room would ‘transform’ into it. OnSight is usually used by NASA scientists in order to virtually explore Mars, which allows them to decide where Curiosity should explore next.