Mark Zuckerberg Has Teased Us With A Short VR Video Of Mars

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NASA has been exploring the red planet since 1965 when Mariner 4 had an n eight-month voyage and took the first close-up picture. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration wanted to find evidence of water on Mars’ surface and only in September 2015, the agency confirmed that liquid water flows on the planet. Curiosity, the car-sized robotic rover that landed on Mars in August 2012 has taken lots of photos and NASA has showed many of them to the public. Mark Zuckerberg has stitched 57 separate photos and created a 360-degree video which he posted on his Facebook account.

The video that Mark Zuckerberg has posted on Sunday was created using Facebook’s 360 VR technology and it offers a panorama of Mars, the planet that NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring in the past three and a half years. Facebook CEO wrote on his account that “You can look around like you’re actually on the planet”, that the video was created by stitching together photos taken by the robotic rover that looks like a car and that “This is just the beginning of what we can do with virtual reality and 360 video. Pretty amazing”.

The portion of the planet that has been presented in the video is the Namib sand dune which, together with the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp is part of the dark-sand Bagnold Dune Field. The viewers can swipe fingers on their smartphone or move the cursor of a mouse in order to explore other angles in the video. By wearing the Oculus Rift VR headset that Facebook has purchased in 2014 for the sum of $2 billion, the users will be more impressed by the short video which is a short presentation of one of NASA’s important areas. We’re pretty sure that after the Oculus Rift will be released, other developers will bring their own VR videos to the Mars enthusiasts.

Sources: NBC News & IndianExpress