NASA and Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, have created a virtual version of Mars that future astronauts will use to prepare for the first human landing with the arrival of the first team. This includes the mundane, like setting up a base camp and providing electricity, to the supernatural, like a massive dust and radiation storm. world, a base powered by Unreal Engine includes full Martian days when the orange hues during the day turn to blue at night. NASA, which needs no introduction, has just teamed up with Epic Games to create a virtual reality based on the planet Mars Epic Games. NASA is launching an online competition to improve the virtual reality simulation it will use to prepare astronauts for possible missions to Mars and is offering a cash prize of $70,000.
NASA has developed a realistic digital environment on Mars, but NASA needs the help of VR developers to make it real enough for researchers and astronauts to interact and practice. Since all of the simulations are nearly impossible to run in real life, the space agency is turning to the next best thing – the Metaverse.
Better simulations can be used to help NASA researchers plan IRL missions to Mars or train future astronauts. Information gained from these simulations could help NASA prepare for future human exploration of Mars. Creators can use Unreal Engine to create realistic simulation scenarios to help NASA prepare for future missions, whether to the Moon or Mars, said Seb Lohse, Unreal Engine simulation business manager at Epic. Games. The NASA MarsXR Challenge identifies five categories unique to creators who can use VR helmets, gloves and other tools to simulate scenarios that might be encountered during early human missions to Mars in hyper-realistic VR environments.
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Scenarios created for the NASA MarsXR Challenge can be single-user or multi-user, and if users develop an asset, each must be used in both versions. Participants will be tasked with developing resources and scenarios in a virtual reality environment that simulate the types of activities that might be required during early human expeditions to Mars, which can then be used to demonstrate exciting spacewalks and realistic activities to researchers and subjects. being on Mars.
The five different experience styles include ‘Setting Up Camp’, ‘Scientific Exploration’, ‘Maintenance’, ‘Exploration’ and ‘Blow Our Brains’, the last of which may mean a little alien from Mars will enter the scene. . NASA is also studying five different interaction styles so developers can choose the one that suits them best. Developers will use Unreal Engine 5 to create their Mars assets and experiences, which will eventually be used in the NASA Mars XR OS environment. Separately, NASA is working with developers to create a free video game called “The Mars 2030 Experience” using Unreal Engine for consumer VR headsets, according to an announcement on Epic Games’ website.