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Virtual Reality Experience Sends Guests To Mars

A holographic Buzz Aldrin takes guests to Mars during Destination: Mars at the Kennedy Space Center: Photo: KSC Vistor Complex

Destination Mars uses technology developed by Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to drop guests onto the red planet – exploring the places NASA’s Curiosity rover explores.

Headsets project real images of the Martian surface as a holograph of Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin guides guests through scientific discoveries.

The real Buzz Aldrin says the experience is a bit different from when he walked on the moon.

“It’s different,” says Aldrin. “It has color! As you would expect, the red planet has color.”

The exhibit is based on real technology used by NASA scientists to decide on where to send the Curiosity rover.

Destination Mars at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex runs through January 2017.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »