While those of us back on Earth can still celebrate this milestone, space tourism isn’t quite here yet. But a new augmented reality app might provide us with the closest glimpse of the red planet. Mission to Mars AR app is set to launch this week, coinciding with Perseverance’s touch down.
Available for free to users, the app allows users to superimpose images of Mars including videos of the rover and learn about the planet by analyzing rocks. It’s the perfect stepping stone for the next space explorer.
“I think that’s the thing that’s going to be very exciting for our users who might have a general interest in space exploration. But something like this, I think, it really can help drive that fascination and guide users to want to learn more,” said Ray Soto, USA Today Networks director of emerging tech.
Charles Poe, the senior vice president for global production and emerging technology for the Smithsonian Channel hopes that the app will engage space fans and help others dive into their passion for interstellar exploration. “We want to make sure everybody appreciates both the technical challenge, the extraordinary achievements that are part of this mission. And I do think that augmented reality lets you appreciate that in a completely different way,” he said.