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NASA Is Building a Virtual Mars For VR Viewing ( 37

An anonymous reader writes: NASA will release a free virtual reality program this year that will simulate exploring the surface of Mars. "Players will be able to walk on the Red Planet as well as drive the Mars Rover..." reads the official announcement at The Mars 2030 Experience will be available on Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, and Samsung Gear VR, and will also "expand" to Sony PlayStation VR and HTC Vive, with additional versions for Android and iOS devices, and it will even be streamed on Twitch. NASA plans to reveal more details at this year's South by Southwest conference in March.
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NASA Is Building a Virtual Mars For VR Viewing

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Who said Nasa didn't have a plan for Mars?

    Sending manned missions and robot rovers is a thing of the past and dangerous, the future is in VR missions.

  • Anybody going to Mars is not going to spend much time wandering around on the surface (owing to the radiation). It might be better therefore to simulate cowering underground in a cave hoping that the airseal doesn't blow out and kill you. Perhaps they could kill of every 3rd participant to really simulate the experience of living with the hazards of Mars.
    • Absolutely. And I'm sure John Carmack will do everything he can to Doom the project! Nasa is about to unleash hell, and they don't even know it yet!


    • Matt Damon!

  • They could put something a bit nippier than the mars rover in. What about tooling around mars in the batmobile or mad max's car? What about an F-14? That would be sweet!.
  • I mean, with all the practice they've had with Curiosity and now a virtual reality -- it anyone does ever get there, the conspiracy fruitloops will be positive it's Capricorn Two.
  • a realistic virtual mars may be interesting to explore for most people, and even useful to a few. but interest and usefulness will be limited. most people will find it boring after few minutes.
    compare that to a virtual fantasy world with stuff to do. that is also interesting and can be useful. and if creators were truly innovative, less boring.

    so what it the news?

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      Why not combine the two? Use their virtual environment as a frontend for a collaborative colony-building simulation (with our "best knowledge" data on the likely distribution of minerals and such incorporated), everything from mining, refining, production, goods transportation, installation/assembly, etc. People could contribute modules that accomplish tasks, with varying levels of design maturity (everything from stub modules that simply take a given set of inputs and yield a certain set of outputs, to a

    • You don't find an barren desert of rust exciting?

  • I'm pretty sure I saw this article here a month or two ago.

  • Drive the mars rover. Thats about like desert bus but slower right?

All laws are simulations of reality. -- John C. Lilly