Become a Virtual Astronaut with the Smithsonian’s Mission to Mars App

Mars Rover Perseverance exploring the Red Planet.

Bummed that all the excitement about the Mars Perseverance rover’s landing is over? Well, chin up! You can now explore the red planet yourself via the Smithsonian’s Mission to Mars app.

The Smithsonian Channel teamed up with augmented reality studio, Immersion, to create the new app. The intent is to educate people about the planet, as well as NASA’s work there with its rovers. On the app, you can superimpose images and videos from Mars into your own surroundings.

You can also check out the designs of the different rovers, drive them around the planet, launch a rocket, and watch the Perseverance rover collect its data. You can even experience the “seven minutes of terror” that occur when every rover lands. The quizzes and educational videos make this the perfect app for space lovers and kids.

You can download the app for iOS devices from the App Store, or for Android devices from the Google Play store.

[Via Travel + Leisure]

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