NASA will Explore Mars with Microsoft’s HoloLens

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New technology can now provide us with the ability to expore celestial objects in space in detail – without even being there. It sounds mind-blowing, but the projects are here and real. The currently most talked about attempt of application comes from NASA, and with the help of what is labeled a breakthrough innovation from a true tech giant.

You have probably already heard about the Dutch organization Mars One. If you have not, this non-profit organization plans to raise the money, build the spaceships and launch the first colonists for Mars within the next decade. According to BBC, despite the obvious downsides such as not ever returning to earth, more than 200,000 people from around the world have applied for Mars One’s mission to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet.

However, despite the intriguing nature of the mission, the employees of NASA might soon enough be able to explore Mars from the comfort of their offices. Virtual reality is being taken to a new level thanks to software being developed that will allow scientists to explore Mars as if they were there themselves. According to NASA, the organization and Microsoft have teamed up to develop the software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using amazing wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens. In case you have been living in a cave during the past week, we have attached the really great commercial for it below

OnSight will use real rover data and extend the Curiosity mission’s existing planning tools by creating a 3-D simulation of the Martian environment where scientists around the world can meet. Program scientists will be able to examine the rover’s worksite from a first-person perspective, plan new activities and preview the results of their work firsthand.

Until now, rover operations required scientists to examine Mars imagery on a computer screen, and make inferences about what they are seeing. But images, even 3-D stereo views, lack a natural sense of depth that human vision employs to understand spatial relationships.The OnSight system uses holographic computing to overlay visual information and rover data into the user’s field of view. Holographic computing blends a view of the physical world with computer-generated imagery to create a hybrid of real and virtual. Below, see a short semi-documentary from NASA about the technology

Until now, rover operations required scientists to examine Mars imagery on a computer screen, and make inferences about what they are seeing. But images, even 3-D stereo views, lack a natural sense of depth that human vision employs to understand spatial relationships.The OnSight system uses holographic computing to overlay visual information and rover data into the user’s field of view. Holographic computing blends a view of the physical world with computer-generated imagery to create a hybrid of real and virtual. The plan is to begin OnSight in Curiosity mission operations later this year.

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