Mars Experience Bus Takes Kids into Alien Territory

Mars Experience Bus Takes Kids into Alien Territory

Lockheed Martin has launched Generation Beyond, a first of its kind, national educational program to bring the science of space into thousands of homes and classrooms across America. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers.

Most excitingly, a Mars Experience Bus has just been unveiled that will travel the country providing kids with an interactive experience simulating a drive along the red planet’s surface. The bus is the first immersive virtual reality vehicle ever built and replicates 250 square miles of the Martian surface. 

By using high definition screens to replace the windows, and mapping Washington DC’s streets onto a detailed map of Mars, the team were able to create a fully immersive virtual/augmented reality experience where children were able to feel what it’s like to be on Mars. To make the experience even more authentic, the bus was also equipped with a special surround sound system to accompany the visuals. No goggles or headsets were used, which means this is one of the first ever group virtual reality experiences.

Impressively, the project won 19 awards across 11 categories at the Cannes Lions festival this year, more than any other single piece of work exhibited. 

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