NASA releases 360 degree view of Martian surface

NASA releases 360 degree view of Martian surface – NH Voice

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NASA releases 360 degree view of Martian surface

Using Oculus Rift Technology, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists has come up with an immersive, 360 degree ‘virtual reality’ experience. The video has been clubbed together by Facebook’s 360 degree video team and is made up of 57 separate images taken by the Curiosity rover.

The images have been clicked by the rover’s robotic-arm mounted Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on December 8, 2015 during the 1,197 sol (or Martian day). One sol is 40 minutes longer than an earth day. The video also shows Mount Sharp and Namib sand dunes of the large Bagnold dunes that blow.

Facebook has launched the 360 degree video technology in September 2015, after it bought virtual reality company Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, was of the view that it is just the beginning of what they can do with virtual reality and 360 video.

When one would see the videos, they would see Namib Dune, which is the dark slope that makes the majority of the scene. In addition, NASA is also developing a VR experience app called Mars 2030 showing footage taken from its Mars rovers for consumer VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive.

NASA’s senior communications manager Erin Mahoney said that one of the important part of NASA’s journey to Mars is the work they are doing to make space more accessible to individuals and non-governmental entities.

It will allow users to experience life on the Red Planet and get a feel of what it is like to be an astronaut. NASA has affirmed that it will offer the Mars 2030 experience app on iPhone, Android, Playstation VR with an aim to reach out to children and young people, so they can be interested in space and virtual reality.

NationalGeographic reported that, not all rocks are created equal. It’s a mundane but inescapable fact that turns out to be particularly problematic if you’re designing a drill for a robot that will be poking holes in Mars. But who really worries about such things? A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the newest Mars rover is being readied for a 2020 launch to the red planet.

“We don’t quite know what we’ll encounter when we get to Mars,” says JPL’s Matt Robinson, deputy product delivery manager for the rover’s sampling and caching subsystem. “We need to have a range of rocks we’re going to test.”

ExtremeTech News report said, a new video from the Curiosity rover has been published that lets you view the Martian surface in the Bagnold Dune Field. You can experience this stunning vista on your computer, but the best way to do it is to use a Google Cardboard viewer and your smartphone.

This 360-degree scene was captured in the same areas where Curiosity took its recent selfie image. You can see the brown Namib Dune right in front of the rover in this video. That’s where Curiosity collected soil for analysis several weeks ago on its way higher up Mount Sharp.

According to the Discovery News, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity arrived at the “Bagnold Dune Field” on the slopes of Mount Sharp, rolling up to the base of the dark sands of “Namib Dune.” The mission has since been studying the area, scooping samples and surveying the surrounding sands. And, of course, taking some pretty spectacular imagery of these extraterrestrial sand dunes.

In January, mission scientists released a full 360 degree view of this fascinating region of the Martian surface, but this week you can really get the Mark Watney experience — NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists have uploaded an immersive.

NASA releases 360 degree view of Martian surface – NH Voice