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While NASA is working on getting humans on Mars by 2030, second-man-on-the-moon Buzz Aldrin wants to give everyone a taste of how it might be, thanks to VR.
Aldrin launched a VR movie called Cycling Pathways to Mars, a project he has been pushing for a while and has worked with NASA on a Mars HoloLens experience last year. He hopes the new 10-minute movie will help push plans further forward.
If you dont have the Vive or the Rift with you, you can at least view the 360-degree video trailer on YouTube. The movie details Aldrin's vision of how we can make the 140-million-mile trip and what we'll need to do when we get there. According to Alrdin, the trip will take about six months each way, and Aldrin believes that using the moons of Earth and Mars as stop-off points along the way will make the whole endeavor easier to plan and put into action.
Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done to make this dream a reality, but such VR experiences can help in prepping astronauts for the trip.
"We explore or we expire," Aldrin said on stage at the SXSW festival earlier this week, and he appears as a narrator in the new VR experience, which is available now via Steam for the HTC Vive and is "coming soon" for the Oculus Rift.