Now the public can have similar experiences. A new website calles Access Mars allows you to explore Curiosity`s neighborhood with your desktop computer, mobile device, or virtual/augmented reality headset. While scientist can use OnSight to plan Curiosity`s path and walk freely, the public has a more limited view of Curiosity`s past attractions.
“Access Mars lets anyone with an internet connection take a tour of what scientists are experiencing”, NASA officials said in a statement. The program allows viewers to learn more about Curiosity`s mission and see places of interest.
“Users can also visit four sites that were critical to NASA`s Mars Science Laboratory mission: Curiosity`s landing site, Murray Buttes, Marias Pass and Pahrump Hills“, NASA added. “In addition, the rover`s latest position on the lower Mount Sharp will be regularly updated to reflect the current progress of the mission.
Access Mars was developed by NASA`s Jet Propulsion in collaboration with Google (Microsoft was not listed as a participant) and is just one of several efforts to create immersive experiences. You can visit the Mars Rover pages, the international Space Station and other locations with Google Expeditions, a free immersive app.