Curiosity

CURIOSITY DETECTS UNUSUALLY HIGH METHANE LEVELS

This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission – about 21 parts per billion units by volume (ppbv). One ppbv means that if you take a volume of air on Mars, one billionth of the volume of air is methane. The finding came […]

MARS VIRTUAL REALITY SOFTWARE WINS NASA AWARD

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award. OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. The goal of the software, a […]

A MIXED-REALITY TRIP TO MARS

It’ll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting September 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida will get a taste of what those astronauts will see when they touch down on the Red Planet. “Destination: Mars,” a mixed-reality experience designed […]

NASA ROVER GAME RELEASED FOR CURIOSITY’S ANNIVERSARY

As Curiosity marks its fourth anniversary (in Earth years) since landing on Mars, the rover is working on collecting its 17th sample. While Curiosity explores Mars, gamers can join the fun via a new social media game, Mars Rover. On their mobile devices, players drive a rover through rough Martian terrain, challenging themselves to navigate […]

‘MIXED REALITY’ BRINGS MARS TO EARTH

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality. As a result, NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to offer […]

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