GOOGLE NOW LETS YOU TAKE A VIR­TUAL WALK ON MARS

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If you are cu­ri­ous about the un­known ter­rains of the Red Planet, here is your chance to take a walk on Mars for free all the while stay­ing in your liv­ing room, thanks to Google’s im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence ini­tia­tive Access Mars. Google col­lab­o­rated with NASA to pro­duce Access Mars that lets users wan­der the ac­tual dunes and val­leys ex­plored by NASA’S Cu­rios­ity rover. “The ex­pe­ri­ence is built us­ing WEBVR, a tech­nol­ogy that lets you see vir­tual re­al­ity right in your browser, with­out in­stalling any apps. You can try it on a vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, phone, or lap­top,” Ryan Burke, In­ter­ac­tive Pro­ducer at Google’s Cre­ative Lab wrote in a blog post re­cently. The ex­pe­ri­ence was adapted from NASA Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory’s On­sight soft­ware, which as­sists sci­en­tists in plan­ning rover drives and even hold­ing meet­ings on Mars. Im­agery from NASA’S Cu­rios­ity rover pro­vided the ter­rain. Access Mars lets any­one with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion take a guided tour of what those sci­en­tists ex­pe­ri­ence.

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