New app brings Mars exploration closer to life on Earth
Polish developer Immersion has created an augmented reality application that allows users to follow NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on its historic mission to the Red Planet.
On Thursday, NASA successfully landed its rover in a deep crater, near the planet's equator, called Jezero.
The app takes users through the various stages of the Perseverance mission in an interactive way, including the launch, landing and exploration of Mars’s surface.
It was developed for the US general science and culture television Smithsonian Channel and uses NASA data and pictures.
"Work on the concept started in September, which gave us very little time considering the challenge that we agreed to undertake," said Bartosz Roslonski, an Immersion board member.
"It is the second project that we've carried in collaboration with the Smithsonian Channel."
The technology also presents a vision of a future colonisation of the Red Planet, and, for fun, brings Perseverance closer to the user’s home by allowing them to "park" the rover in the their garage or in front of their house.
Immersion has been creating augmented reality products since 2014.
According to Roslonski, each element of the app was developed in consultation with NASA and the Smithsonian Institute, a US organisation that brings together some of the world's most famous museums.
The app can be downloaded free of charge from both Google Play and AppStore.