Get Ready to Experience Mars in Real Time
Space travel is reaching new horizons as the years go by, with plans already in the works to develop colonies on Mars. Until that happens, anyone interested in space and the red planet, in particular, can enjoy a virtual journey of Mars’ surface thanks to a great new program from NASA. As technology advances to incredible new heights, more and more people are becoming interested and exciting in the fascinating field of space exploration. This sort of program will help people to get in touch with astronomy on a much deeper level than ever before and is just one example of a huge government agency doing its part to provide unique experiences for the general public.
Many of us have heard of the Curiosity rover that was launched by NASA back in 2011 and has been exploring the surface of the planet Mars ever since. The rover itself is currently investigating the various geological and climatic conditions of the planet and could provide valuable information to teams of scientists working back home on Earth. Many space travel agencies are being developed around the world with the hope of offering trips to Mars in the future, and the findings of the Curiosity rover could play a pivotal role in the development of these ideas.
The recently-launched NASA program actually allows users to virtually take control of the Curiosity rover and explore the local area for themselves, all from the comfort of their own homes. This allows users to witness the environment of Mars through their computer screens and truly see what life could someday be like on the fascinating planet. Naturally, users won’t be in control of the rover itself, but are actually able to pilot a virtual version of Curiosity around a limited area that covers the zone previously explored by the rover. The launch of this program comes exactly three years after Curiosity landed on Mars, so it’s a great way for NASA to commemorate the special anniversary of space travel.
The program also allows users to shift between a good variety of different camera angles, allowing them to see a lot of the local environment, and represents one of the earliest steps in NASA’s preparations for a full mission to Mars in the years to come. The space agency has already put plans into motion to find a list of candidates for this mission and will be hoping to continue establishing its legacy as one of the pioneers of travel around our solar system and beyond. Since a trip to Mars will take a long time to complete, NASA recently organized a preparatory activity, isolating six volunteer scientists in a self-sufficient dome above a volcano. The scientists remained in this dome for eight months before finally ending the activity and any visitors to the red planet in the future will need to endure similarly long-lasting periods of isolation.