‘Mixed Reality’ Technology Brings Mars to Earth

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Erisa Hines, a motorist for a Mars Curiosity rover, formed during JPL, also talks to participants in Destination: Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Microsoft

Erisa Hines, a motorist for a Mars Curiosity rover, formed during JPL, also talks to participants in “Destination: Mars.” Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Microsoft

What competence it demeanour like if we were walking around on Mars? A organisation of researchers during NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been operative on methods to take this doubt from a area of imagination to a mind-bending domain of churned reality.

As a result, NASA and Microsoft have teamed adult to offer a open a guided debate of an area of Mars with wanderer Buzz Aldrin this summer in “Destination: Mars,” an interactive vaunt regulating a Microsoft HoloLens churned existence headset. “Mixed reality” means that practical elements are joined with a user’s tangible environment, formulating a universe in that genuine and practical objects can interact.

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The “Destination: Mars” vaunt will open during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida this summer. Guests will “visit” several sites on Mars, reconstructed regulating genuine imagery from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover, that has been exploring a Red Planet given Aug 2012. Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 wanderer who walked on a moon in 1969, will offer as “holographic debate guide” on a journey. Curiosity Mars corsair motorist Erisa Hines of JPL will also seem holographically, heading participants to places on Mars where scientists have done sparkling discoveries and explaining what we have schooled about a planet.

“This knowledge lets a open try Mars in an wholly new way. To travel by a accurate landscape that Curiosity is sailing opposite puts a achievements and discoveries into pleasing context,” pronounced Doug Ellison, cognisance writer during JPL.

“Destination: Mars” is an instrumentation of OnSight, a Mars corsair goal operations apparatus co-developed by Microsoft and JPL. A commander organisation of scientists uses OnSight in their work ancillary a Curiosity Mars rover’s operations.

“We’re vehement to give a open a possibility to see Mars regulating cutting-edge technologies that assistance scientists devise Curiosity’s activities on Mars today,” pronounced Jeff Norris, plan manager for OnSight and “Destination: Mars” during JPL. “While openly exploring a terrain, participants learn about processes that have made this visitor world.”

Abigail Fraeman, a Curiosity scholarship group member during JPL, uses OnSight to make recommendations about where a corsair should expostulate and that facilities to investigate in some-more detail. Recently OnSight helped her and a co-worker brand a transition indicate between dual Martian stone formations, that they would like to investigate in serve detail.

“OnSight creates a whole routine of examining a information feel a lot some-more healthy to me,” Fraeman said. “It unequivocally gives me a clarity that I’m in a margin when we put it on. Thinking about Martian geology is a lot some-more discerning when we can mount in a stage and travel around a approach we would if we were in a field.”

By utilizing a same technologies and datasets as OnSight, “Destination: Mars” offers participants a glance of Mars as seen by goal scientists.

JPL is also building churned existence applications in support of astronauts on a International Space Station and engineers obliged for a pattern and open of spacecraft. NASA wanderer Scott Kelly, who recently returned from his ancestral “Year in Space” activities, used one of these applications to make a initial Skype call from space to goal control in Feb 2016.

“By joining astronauts to experts on a ground, churned existence could be transformational for systematic and engineering efforts in space,” Norris said.

“As we ready to send humans to Mars in a 2030s, a open will now be means to preview a knowledge a astronauts will have as they travel and investigate a Martian surface,” pronounced Dave Lavery, module executive for Solar System Exploration during NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Source: JPL