NASA is working with Fusion Media in developing Mars 2030, a virtual reality simulator closely based on a patch of real Martian landscape. The simulation is painstakingly detailed and based on current research data, including such matters as the reflectivity of the sand. The simulated astronauts’ suits, habitats and vehicles are also derived from NASA’s design concepts. The players will for example work as geologists, speleologists and surveyor.
Mars 2030 is supposed to be launched in late 2016. I plan to get it asap, provided that I do not have to invest in a fancy new computer to handle its graphics.
Read more about it here — link >>> — and do take a look at the Youtube teaser below.