The 3D simulation will also have overlay sensory data to assist NASA scientists in their observations. HoloLens will allow them to control Curiosity’s operations using voice commands and hand gestures.

“Previously, our Mars explorers have been stuck on one side of a computer screen,” said Jeff Norris, JPL’s OnSight project manager. “This tool gives them the ability to explore the rover’s surroundings much as an Earth geologist would do field work here on our planet.”

NASA plans to start testing OnSight with Curiosity later this year.

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