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Visit Mars with HoloLens at “Destination: Mars” Kennedy Space Center

In celebration of “Destination: Mars” being open to space fans, you can now virtually visit several real-life sites on Mars, using Microsoft HoloLens.

Thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida—”Destination Mars,” announced at //Build 2016, was created using the same high-resolution imagery from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover that scientists have used to learn about the Red Planet since August 2012.

“Destination: Mars” allows people the only opportunity possible today to walk around on the Red Planet, just as NASA scientists do, writes windows team.

Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut and visionary advocate for Mars exploration, serves as your holographic tour guide of the planet, added windows team. Erisa Hines, “a driver for the Curiosity rover at NASA, shows you how both the rover and Microsoft HoloLens can be used to discover new things about this amazing planet,” team added.

For more information and tickets, visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website.

The experience is open to the public through Jan. 1, 2017.

Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Microsoft HoloLens executives join Dr. Buzz Aldrin for the ribbon cutting of Destination: Mars at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Update 09/21: Microsoft on Twitter announced that users could finally use “voice commands” to search, install, and open Microsoft HoloLens apps from the Windows Store. With this feature now enabled, users can hover in front of the application and say their command.

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