Virtual Worlds SIG: Exploring Space Virtually: NASA and the Blue Mars Project
Title: Exploring Space Virtually: NASA and the Blue Mars Project
In January 2008 NASA hosted a forward-looking conference (http://amesevents.arc.nasa.gov/virtual-worlds) in order to explore future uses of the virtual world space. Part of the vision is to engage the public as real-time participants in NASA's historic moments of exploration in the spirit of "We all get to go".
Just as Neil Armstrong's first moon landing was the defining moment for television, it is envisioned that coming NASA historic events will be the defining moment for virtual world technologies.
NASA incorporates virtual world developers and educators as core components of these efforts. Virtual Space Entertainment, Inc. (VSE) will present their project "Blue Mars 2150″, a massively multiplayer virtual world (http://www.virtualspaceentertainment.com). Launching in late 2008, Blue Mars 2150 will be the first high definition, real time virtual world.
As part of its proposal to NASA, VSE is envisioning a Mars Spaceport complex and a NASA Pavillion. At the heart of the NASA Pavillion will be two elaborate virtual experiences. The first would be a virtual simulation of the first manned mission to Mars and the
establishment of a settlement on the surface of Mars. The second set of missions would take the user through NASA's Return to the Moon program where users will plan and participate in Moon landings.
VSE is proposing to design a final product that will allow millions of people from around the world to experience our return to space as if they were part of the mission crews themselves.
Within the virtual venue users would also be able to visit a series of museum exhibits detailing the history of US spaceflight, and climb into all of the manned spacecraft from Gemini up through interplanetary Mars craft prototypes. Visitors would virtually relive the pioneering days of NASA's manned space program by interactively experiencing a select number of these historic missions.
Join us for an investigation into the uses of virtual worlds for education and remote exploration. Get an advance look at how the future of space exploration will be experienced - through virtual worlds.
Pillsbury Winthrop Office Silicon Valley
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1114
6:30 PM Registration and Networking
7:00 PM -8:40 PM Presentations
$15 at the door for non-SDForum members
No charge for SDForum members
No registration required
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