Mars on Earth? Microsofts HoloLens Lets Scientists Explore Mars


Now scientists will be able to explore Mars on Earth as Microsoft has come up with a HoloLens headset that enables scientists to research on Mars virtually.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Microsoft, which will use VR technology with a software that will help scientists study the martian surface.

On Sight, a software that uses authentic data mustered by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars gives users a 3D transformation of life on Mars. When used with HoloLens, the combination displays the actual atmospheric conditions on mars, according to a report by Yahoo.

Being so far, but too close, the software irrespective of the distance uses actual observations. Now scientists can configure the volcanic surfaces closely through the technology. It will help scientists to broaden the scientific horizons.

Parker Abercrombie, a software engineer at JPL, said: “What’s really exciting about this is [that] what we’re looking at is a reconstruction of Mars from real data sent from the Curiosity rover. This isn’t an artist’s conception of what Mars looks like. This is actually what Mars looks like.”

As the rover collects new data, the imagery will be updated and modified in the project.

This summer, NASA along with Microsoft will exhibit the virtual reality with a holographic tour at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida, according to Tech Crunch.

Moreover, NASA is using the holographic technology to design spacecraft and rovers. Now the agency looks forward to designing new rovers that will be scheduled to take off in 2020.

“It allows us to attain perspectives that are difficult, or even impossible, to attain with a physical model,” said Tony Valderrama, a software engineer at JPL.

“It brings them out into the world so that our engineers can begin to reason and communicate about the models long before any physical artefact exists.”

According to the researchers, when the agency prepares to send rovers to Mars and when humans reach the planet, the virtual project will one day allow people worldwide to get a peek of space.

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