When the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) was revealed back in January 2015, creator Microsoft also teased an app that would let users explore the surface of Mars. It was later revealed that such an app was being created in collaboration with NASA. Today, with Microsoft’s Build developer conference now underway, NASA has revealed more about the project, titled Destination: Mars, including a date for its showing. A new video for the experience has also been revealed, and can be seen below.
The piece, described as an ‘interactive exhibit’, will be launching in summer 2016 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, and will offer a guided tour of an area of Mars with Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. The video showcases a quick look at what NASA is working on right now, as well as detailing some of its history with the device, which can even be located on the International Space Station (ISS) right now.
“We’re excited to give the public a chance to see Mars using cutting-edge technologies that help scientists plan Curiosity’s activities on Mars today,” said Jeff Norris, project manager for OnSight and “Destination: Mars” at JPL. “While freely exploring the terrain, participants learn about processes that have shaped this alien world.”
Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on this project and all other updates on HoloLens.