December 22, 2015

"NASA has partnered with FUSION, a multi-platform media company owned by Disney-ABC Television Group and Univision, to produce a virtual reality experience that aims to simulate life as one of the first astronauts to arrive on Mars."

Road to VR As part of ongoing efforts to build public interest in a real manned mission to Mars, The Mars 2030 Experience will incorporate research provided directly from NASA and MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics PhD candidate Sydney Do; taking you on an ‘extravehicular activity’ so that you can explore the Martian landscape in a Z-2 space suit, a real prototype currently under development at NASA. By Scott Hayden

'The Mars 2030 Experience will also allow you to explore the interior of a prototype habitat proposed by NASA scientists.

'Debuting first at SXSW 2016’s newly created VR/AR track in March, The Mars 2030 Experience will later launch in Summer 2016 on Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard (Android and iPhone), and Samsung Gear VR. The experience will be demoing from March 16-18th to all SXSW badgeholders. The team behind the project is also currently aiming to add a multiplayer component so that groups of VR astronauts can explore the Red Planet together—something that if they get right, could be a great learning opportunity for science classes of any age group.

'“We saw this as an opportunity to share elements of our human Mars surface exploration concepts using today’s advanced virtual reality technologies. We already use VR technology in astronaut training and spacecraft simulations, so it seems logical to extend that successful model to inspire and educate the next generation of space explorers and scientists in captivating way,” said Jason Crusan, Director of Advanced Exploration Systems at NASA.'

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