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Google now lets you take a virtual walk on Mars

Google now lets you take a virtual walk on Mars
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If you are curious about the unknown terrains of the Red Planet, here is your chance to take a walk on Mars for free all the while staying in your...

Washington: If you are curious about the unknown terrains of the Red Planet, here is your chance to take a walk on Mars for free all the while staying in your living room, thanks to Google's immersive experience initiative Access Mars.

Google collaborated with NASA to produce Access Mars that lets users wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by NASA's Curiosity rover.

"The experience is built using WebVR, a technology that lets you see virtual reality right in your browser, without installing any apps. You can try it on a virtual reality headset, phone, or laptop," Ryan Burke, Interactive Producer at Google's Creative Lab wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.

The experience was adapted from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's On Sight software, which assists scientists in planning rover drives and even holding meetings on Mars.

Imagery from NASA's Curiosity rover provided the terrain.

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