Virtual Reality and the creation of VR tools to support the human exploration of Mars is a strategic focus of The Mars Society. We intend to demonstrate the potential of VR to allow millions of people to directly participate in Mars exploration. Our VR tools will support the training of our crews at the Mars Desert Research Station, promote STEM education, and will help instill broad public support of human Mars exploration.
To this end, we have established the MarsVR Program. MarsVR is a multi-phase effort to create new VR environments and release them to the public via open source licenses, to maximize their effectiveness and the ability of the larger VR and software development community to assist us. We are already working with several key individuals and companies in the VR landscape and will be adding to this list as time goes on. Some of the people currently involved are:
Shannon Norrell, formerly of HP and one of the founders of the HP Mars Home Planet initiative which has several VR components. Shannon is a key participant in our VR development effort for Phase 1.
Az Balabanian, a Filmmaker, Virtual Reality documentarian, and the Founder of azadux, ...