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Kennedy Space Center Exhibit Utilizes ‘Mixed Reality’ Headsets

Using Microsoft’s new HoloLens, visitors follow a holographic Buzz Aldrin with a walk on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL–NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has recently opened an exhibit that gives visitors a chance to tryout Microsoft’s new HoloLens mixed reality headset.

HoloLens uses real imagery from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover and holographic images of Buzz Aldrin and Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Erisa Hines to take visitors on a journey throughout areas of Mars where scientists have made exciting discoveries.

The interactive “Destination Mars” exhibit was developed from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Microsoft’s OnSight scientific mixed reality tool, which allowed scientists in separate physical locations to walk together on Mars to examine geological features for studying purposes.

For those who aren’t familiar, mixed reality is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce a setting where a user’s new environment allows for physical and digital objects to interact with one another.

The exhibitat the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex runs through January 1, 2017.